In partnership with Comcast, C-SPAN’s award-winning bus will visit Jacksonville and St. Augustine November 11th and 12th to engage students, teachers, community members and elected officials. These stops by the state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized mobile classroom and production studio are part of the Battleground States Tour, which includes states that will play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election.
“We’re partnering with C-SPAN to bring the Bus to Florida because we believe it’s important that students understand how our government works,” said Bill Ferry, Senior Director of External Affairs and Community Impact for Comcast in North Florida. “We’re proud to provide all three C-SPAN networks in Jacksonville and St. Augustine and share their robust educational and political resources with the North Florida community.”
On Monday, November 11, the C-SPAN Bus will be at the Veterans Day Celebration at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine in the morning and the Boys and Girls Club Citi Teen Center in Jacksonville in the afternoon. On Tuesday, November 12, the Bus will spend the morning at Father Harbor Academy in Jacksonville and head over to Gamble Rogers Middle School in St. Augustine in the afternoon.
Through interactive kiosks and demonstrations aboard the Bus, visitors will learn about C-SPAN’s in-depth coverage of the American political process, Campaign 2020 programming and comprehensive online educational resources, including C-SPAN.org. The website includes an extensive video library containing over 253,000 hours of searchable content for viewing, research and education purposes.
Bus visitors will also be invited to share their thoughts on issues they want presidential candidates to address during the campaign as part of the “Voices from the Road” project. During the Battleground States Tour, students and educators will learn about C-SPAN’s national documentary competition, StudentCam. Awarding $100,000 in prize money annually, the competition challenges students to produce a 5-to-6-minute documentary using C-SPAN video to explore a local or national issue of importance. This year’s theme, “What’s Your Vision in 2020?” asks students to explore the issue they most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign.
In Jacksonville and St. Augustine, C-SPAN programming is provided by Comcast as a commercial-free public service and can be seen on channel 95; C-SPAN2 on channel 104; and C-SPAN3 on channel 105 and on the web at C-SPAN.org. Funding for C-SPAN operations, including Bus visits, is provided by cable and satellite TV providers.