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Recognition for Norristown authors
June 25, 2012

June 2012… The Norristown Area School District recently paid tribute to the student journalists involved in producing Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities, a book featuring profiles of a dozen health leaders in the Philadelphia area.

Elena signs a book for Dr. Albert Mauthe, a school board member.

Six students representing their respective schools signed copies of the book for members of the school board and also spoke during the June 21 meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Janet Samuels and School Board President Denise Ashe recognized the students and Marian Uhlman, director of the Healthy NewsWorks student media program. Healthy NewsWorks coordinated the book’s publication in May 2012.

In addition to the book project, student journalists in Norristown’s Healthy NewsWorks program produced a total of 25 health-focused newspapers at seven district schools during the 2011-12 school year. (Healthy NewsWorks also ran programs in six schools in Philadelphia and Delaware County.)

The students attending the school board meeting were from Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy, East Norriton Middle School, and Cole Manor Elementary School.

Students from Gotwals, Hancock, and Marshall Street elementary schools and Stewart Middle School also worked on the book and the school newspapers.

Altogether, more than 135 Norristown students were involved in the Healthy NewsWorks program during the 2011-12 school year.

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