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BBC Newsround visits Jackson students for documentary

Jackson Academy and Northwest Jackson Middle School are two of several schools that BBC approached across the country to participate in the feature story on American education and culture. Source: WLBT Jackson Academy and Northwest Jackson Middle School are two of several schools that BBC approached across the country to participate in the feature story on American education and culture. Source: WLBT
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The aim of the program is to explain what day to day life is like for American children, what their hopes are for the future, and what things are important to them. Source: WLBT The aim of the program is to explain what day to day life is like for American children, what their hopes are for the future, and what things are important to them. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A documentary crew with the British Broadcasting Corporation was in town this week filming a documentary on students in America.

On Thursday they stopped at Jackson Academy and Northwest Jackson Middle School to conduct interviews with students for BBC Newsround. BBC Newsround is a long-running producer of news programs for children ages 6-12 in the United Kingdom and it has been on the air for 43 years.

Jackson Academy and Northwest Jackson Middle School are two of several schools that BBC approached across the country to participate in the feature story on American education and culture.

So far, they have visited schools in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and now Jackson.

The editor, Lewis James, says this project will be an eye opener for BBC Newsround. The aim of the program is to explain what day to day life is like for American children, what their hopes are for the future, and what things are important to them.

He says British children are fascinated by America's culture and way of life.

"The lives of American kids and life in America is the source of endless fascination to kids in the U.K.. We have American movies, we have American TV and American food, American culture. Kids are always interested in what life is like in America," James says.

Parker Kirby, a 6th grader at Jackson Academy, was interviewed for the documentary.

He says it was a wonderful experience to share his thoughts about life in Mississippi and he shared things that are important to him with the journalists.

We asked him what kind of questions the BBC staff asked him. "Everything from why do I like JA, to why I like Mississippi, to things like how we think Barack Obama is doing," Kirby explains.

Another subject the documentary will address on their journey in Mississippi is the topic of obesity. 

James says this is a growing problem in the United Kingdom, as well. 

"I think [Mississippi] has the highest rate of obesity in the U.S. And I think for us that was a key driver in us coming here and in terms of the schools," James says. "These are both great schools and they give a picture of the state as a whole I think."

The 15 minute documentary on the lives of kids in America is expected to air in March.

Here is a link with additional information. www.bbc.co.uk/newsround   

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