Monday, November 24, 2014

Valley Oaks Students Have Kid’s Eye View

Several Valley Oaks Elementary students may become TV stars soon as a segment from their “Kid’s Eye View: Real World, Real Fun,” travel and culture video show is broadcast twice in the weeks ahead on KHOU/Channel 11.

The student-based holiday special, titled “Kid’s Eye View,the Hunt for Holiday Magic,” will be broadcast 7-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, after the highly popular SEC Championship Football Game. A second episode, titled “Part Deux,” will be broadcast at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The holidays-through-the-eyes-of-children broadcast includes stops at Main Street Theater’s Madeline’s Christmas production and San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk. Student hosts interview other students from Valley Oaks and Spring Branch ISD.

Program hosts are Valley Oaks Elementary students Delaney Polocheck, a fifth-grader, and her younger sister, Nicki Polocheck, who is in third grade. Their mom, Jeanne Polocheck, is a former television producer.

“It’s all about Christmas traditions in Texas,” Delaney said of the broadcasts. “In Texas, there are different traditions everywhere that you go. We go see different places and events, and they are not all the same – different food, different styles, different kinds of entertainment.”

A Holiday Magic Countdown segment gives Nicki and other students a place for talking about everything from giving traditions to favorite holiday movies.

Other Valley Oaks students featured in this program are fifth-graders Shelby Rall, Carson Zahn, Dominic Bujanos, Callum Glover and Grace Delpit, and third-graders Campbell Zahn and Jeanette Belt.

The new, student-focused program, “Kid’s Eye View: Real World, Real Fun,” will be part of permanent programming in the Children’s Museum of Houston in 2015, airing in the museum’s Brown Auditorium.

Jeanne Polocheck left the television station to produce the travel and culture show and to encourage more Texas families to explore their world. Her family shot first season segments in France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Germany.

Narrated by her daughter, Delaney, with cameos by Nicki, she gives parent views and trip tips so that families can plan their own adventures. In the first season, the segments included an art conservator in Madrid, a Mediterranean spear fisherman, truffle farmers in the Provence region of France, and a chaplain to Monaco’s royal family.

“Kid’s Eye View introduces culture and travel to kids in a fun and entertaining way, while they’re learning what life is like around the world,” Polocheck says.

She hopes the series will win new fans in the classroom, too, and be introduced into classroom curriculums in the future.

The student website episodes are released every week on


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