ADAMS — An ambitious contingent of C.T. Plunkett Elementary School fifth-grade students believe the town is an amazing place to live — and they made a video to prove it.
"Adams Massachusetts: The Outdoor Fun Place to Be" is featured on a YouTube channel and has grabbed about 1,344 views. Town Select Board and School Committee members were treated to a showing recently, and fifth-grade teacher Terri Cooper created a copy for the town's public library.
The project began in October after homeroom teachers selected student participants, Cooper said. The group met weekly throughout the school year with Cooper, organizing and selecting donated photographs and speaking with town residents, including community organizer David Bissaillon and former music and history teacher Tim Rougeau.
Walking tours through town and crafting a papier-mache community model rounded out the research portion of the project.
"We made a list of things that would make people want to come here," said Matthew Szabo. "I worked on making the video with some editing. I put music in, took some pictures out."
"I was working on the papier-mache model," said Corey Adelt.
Among the many featured places and events captured in the video are the Thunderbolt ski race, a town Turkey Trot race, the annual Fall Run motorcycle ride, and the Adams Agricultural Fair. Students noted the town's architecture, including still photographs of the historic St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The Greylock Ramble, Jaeschke's Orchard and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail all shared time in the video spotlight.
Student Chloe King said that the endeavor underscored the number of attractions in town.
"Sometimes you don't realize all that there is to do here, if you haven't done all the things," she said. "It made me think that we have a very special place to live. It's fun doing all the things you can do here; it makes it fun for our childhood."
"I think that we have cool things to do in our town," said Katie Scholz. "We had lots of fun making the video."
Matthew said that the yearly Columbus Day Mount Greylock Ramble is his favorite town adventure.
"I like hiking," he said and noted that he first ascended the state's highest peak during the 2015 ramble. "I would definitely do it again."
Corey said that those loving the outdoors should visit the town.
"There is always something to do here if you want to get outside," he said.
The project was a perfect match for the town, which had no promotional video, Cooper said.
"We wanted to create something for the community, something that can be used," she said. "It's a snapshot of our time, our part of history."
The creative experience brought the students a sense of accomplishment, Matthew said.
"I think it's nice that the teachers put this together for us so that we could do something awesome," he said.
Ivan Laing, Jolyn Davis and Max Morin also participated with the video project. Several students appear in the video.
Students said that they hope more people view and appreciate the video.
"Adams really is the outdoor fun place to be," Matthew said.
On the web ...
View the video at https://youtu.be/lRktzpFRJYY