LUMBERTON — The red carpet will be rolled out Thursday for more than 40 Robeson County students who participated in the state-wide Lights, Camera, Active! student video contest.
The contest challenged students to make videos about how the “built environment” — man-made surroundings that may or may not support healthy living — affects their lives. Two of the winning teams are from Robeson County.
“We really got some fabulous youths in the contest,” said Stacy Shelp, a representative for Shape Your World, which sponsored the contest. “They seem very articulate.”
More than 500 student filmmakers videotaped their current built environment, including trails where they run, soccer fields where they compete, parks where they play and sidewalks and streets where they walk.
The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Civic Center. Segments will be shown from all entries, and winners will be announced.
The contest is aimed to battle the nation’s obesity epidemic among young people.
“I think what we have found with this project is that it gives the youth a voice that is really powerful,” Shelp said. “It gives them a chance to express their voice in an area where they have felt voiceless and powerless — how their community is built. Also it shows the power of the youth … This is the generation and you can make a difference and we want to hear from you.”
Local and state officials, health and fitness advocates and students and their families as well as the general public, are invited to the event, which will also feature a student-led discussion about the videos.
“It’s something that will be able to live on,” Shelp said. “… We’ve found it to be a very powerful tool for igniting this on a local level.”
Light refreshments will be served, and registration is encouraged. To register, visit www.carolinaciviccenter.com/?q=node/206.