Strode Station kids in commercial competition

Published 11:35 am Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Strode Station kids in ad competition


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One after another, the Goldfish slayed the Lays, defeated the Doritos and cheated the Cheetos of victory.

Moviemaker Jason Epperson of Winchester and his wife Elizabeth filmed the single combat action scenes, which involved swordplay and derring-do — all for the sake of money and school spirit.

Inspired by reading the children’s book “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies, the fourth-graders of Strode Station Elementary School last week were actors in a series of commercials they were videoing to be shown in school during morning announcements.

The classes are competing against each other to see who can take the most plunder.

Teacher Stacie Carrington said that in the book, a brother and sister compete against each other to sell lemondade. At Strode, the kids will compete to see who can sell the most snacks on May 21.

“The students came up with their own commercial ideas” and designed the ads, Carrington said.

The kids who had just filmed the swordfighting commercial were selling Goldfish, so Bailey Henry, who played the role of the heroine, had to defeat the other chips: BBQ, Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos, Lays and Cheetos.

In the next commercial, the Capri Sun group were getting ready to film. Carrington said they would be lying on a hot beach and someone would come and serve them Capri Sun drinks to cool them down.

Teacher Jerrica Whitaker initiated the project.

It’s the first time the kids have ever done something like it, Carrington said.

Each class will sell a drink, a snack and a dessert to students, and they’ll see which ones are most popular.

“Then at the end, we’re going to put all of our profits together, and we’re going to donate something to the school,” she said.

Parents are asked to help by donating for the cost of the project.

Elizabeth and Jason Epperson, who own Eppic films in Winchester, donated their time and talent to make the 15-30-second commercials.

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Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at

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