HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The student news magazine at Hasbrouck Heights High School has started an online donation page to purchase new digital tools for the nationally recognized publication.

“Pilot’s Log” advisor William Thorne is looking for funding for the group’s first digital camera and drawing tablet. Currently the group uses one student’s personal camera, but that is limited when there is a conflict between event coverage and photographing designs. 

The publication is looking to purchase a Nikon - D3500 DSLR Camera with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens, and  Wacom - Intuos Pro Pen Tablet (Large) in Black. The project has been posted on the crowdfunding site, DonorsChoose.org.

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“So many students don't know what they are capable of doing until they are asked to do something,” said Thorne. “The camera that we are looking to purchase will allow new students to learn about and experiment with photography -- so many have never used a proper camera before. The tablet will allow our digital artists and print artists to both work together to create beautiful works of art without any barriers.”

“Pilot’s Log” has been a Pacemaker Finalist, the nation’s highest award,  for the last several years. The staff of 30 students publishes four issues during the school year: Fall, Winter, Spring and a Senior Special Edition. Thorne has been the adviser for the past six years, and was a member of the club and editor when he attended Hasbrouck Heights High School.

“The students learn about critical thinking, and they gain real work experience in interviewing professionals from outside of our school,” said Thorne. “They become more in touch with both local and national events, and, they learn important skills such as vetting sources, being bipartisan on issues, removing inherent biases, and the proper writing process.

“Many students learn about strengths that they didn't know they had when they first learn about design or photography or when you realize that they can speak and interview an adult in the proper manner,” said Thorne.

“We've been so fortunate to be a Pacemaker Finalist for the last four years and we've done so with limited resources,” he said. “I just want the students to have an opportunity to do even more.”


To donate to the “Pilot’s Log,” visit Taking our News Magazine to the Next Level!

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