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National Recognition for Edutainment

Updated: Apr 5, 2019

Ralph Krauss received recognition for his ingenuity in connecting speakers from all over the world with Pinecrest Academy students.


Students speak with Newsweek Senior Writer Zach Schonfeld

Edutainment is more than just entertainment OR education: it's a hybrid of guest speakers combined with student learning and achievement.

"I wanted to connect students with primary sources of information," says Ralph Krauss. "By using video conferencing along with guest speakers around the country, we are able to do just that."

Ralph Krauss, along with The Pinecrest Foundation, are receiving national attention for their unique work for Southern Nevada students. Edutainment gives students the opportunity to learn from celebrities, veterans, journalists, athletes, and other experts in their fields from all over the country. The experience is unique for the students, but also for the speakers themselves. Former Rolling Stone Senior Editor Ben Fong-Torres, featured in the movie "Almost Famous," described his experience. "I was able to speak with some high school students in Las Vegas, even though I was in San Francisco...The students got to ask about my career in journalism and broadcasting, and of course the movie 'Almost Famous, '" said Fong-Torres. He spoke fondly positively about the experience, as do all of the guest speakers who agree to take time out of their busy schedules to enrich the lives of students.

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