MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) The Martinsville High School television station now has new equipment thanks to the For Alison Foundation.
Wednesday afternoon, Barabra Parker presented WMHS8 with a new camera, tripod and camera bag.
Parker, the mother of our fallen colleague Alison Parker says it was donated by Alex Martin and the Digital Media Group out of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
"We appreciate it so much because they see that vision of the journalists of the future and what they can accomplish even when they are in high school," Parker said.
WMHS8 members say this will help them continue their path as young journalists.
They will be able to expand their station and the opportunity to other students at the school with a new club next year.
"More students they have come to us over the past several years, hey I want to do this, I want to do this, so now that gives these students a chance to be a part of what we are doing," Student and WMHS8 Meteorologist Dustin Staples said.
Student and WMHS8 Anchor Luis Romero remembers when he met Alison.
"She (Alison) said that she wanted to figure out a way that she could help us. So I believe that the For Alison Foundation is completing some of her unfinished work," Romero said.
This is the second gift from the For Alison Foundation to the arts community in Southern Virginia.
The first donation went to the Roanoke Symphony Summer Orchestra Camp, which provided funding for four scholarships.