Kristen Barnwell, Arrowpoint Elementary third-grader, presents KSDK Meteorologist Chester Lampkin with a school t-shirt
KSDK-TV Meteorologist Chester Lampkin visited Arrowpoint Elementary School, where he talked to third graders about the weather. The special program was inspired by Kristen Barnwell, a third-grader from Arrowpoint Elementary, who wrote a paper on her aspirations to one day become a meteorologist.
Jennifer Hill, Arrowpoint Elementary communications arts teacher, came across a short writing piece that Barnwell turned in for the Soaring Reader's program. In Barnwell’s paper, she described a book that she read about the weather and how she wanted to be a meteorologist one day.
It was Barnwell’s paper that inspired Hill to do research on how to invite a local meteorologist for a school visit.
Hill, a former classroom teacher, had invited guest speakers before but it had been quite sometime. Therefore, she began to inquire about inviting a TV personality to visit. Hill decided to ask one of her neighbors, Jennifer Blome, anchor at KSDK, for assistance. She provided the station's contact information and the rest was history. Principal Jackson and the third grade teachers were supportive of this project, which made Hill's role in planning the event alot easier.
The morning began with Arrowpoint Elementary students from Dave Dunaway, Amy Johnson, Novella Mutz and Michelle Williams’ third grade classes gathering in the library and sitting in front of the Promethean board.
Lampkin introduced himself and asked students to describe the weather conditions outside. The children were enthusiastic with their responses, as they had recently covered the weather unit during science class.
“I am meteorologist, which is a fancy word which means, I study, report and forecast weather conditions,” said Lampkin. “I’m a member of the First Alert Weather Team at KSDK Channel 5 News and I report the weather early in the morning, while most of you are still asleep.”
Lampkin shared several photos of different weather conditions to the boys and girls. Some pictures drew a greater response from the group than others, such as the ones that showed lightning strikes and shots of recent tornadoes in the St. Louis area.
He also told students that he loves his job and encouraged them that whatever they decide to do when they grow up, to make sure they enjoyed it. After offering words of advice to students about post-secondary education and career choices, Lampkin thanked Hill, the other teachers and especially the students for being a great audience.
During the question and answer session, students asked pertinent questions and seemed to understand the concepts that Lampkin discussed. This was an excellent reiteration to the weather unit in science that the third grade teachers had recently taught. The teachers could not have been more delighted that this program directly tied back to what students had previously learned.
The event concluded with a group photo, and then Barnwell was given the honor of presenting Lampkin with an Arrowpoint Elementary t-shirt.