June 2013…At the second Healthy NewsWorks book-signing celebration, three student journalists reflected upon what they had learned from working as reporters during the 2012-13 school year. Here are their prepared remarks:
Tamir Brooks, sixth grade, Hope Partnership for Education
There are many proud moments I had as a Healthy Hope news reporter, but a recent proud moment was interviewing Marcus Allen. I was very touched by how he helped families get back on their feet. Mr. Allen’s words opened my ears and made me think about how I need to pick up my act so I can go to college and be successful.
He said things that changed my life and I wanted to share his words with others. I was part of our staff who helped write the book article about Marcus Allen. We worked really hard and made lots of edits. I felt that we made our teacher proud because of all of the effort and the time that we put in on the article. That made me proud because I know it is going to help me with my future in writing.
I’m also proud because I have overcome my shyness. I can now talk to people and ask them questions like a pro! This newspaper is hard work and I’m glad that the students at our school realize it. We are complimented by everyone in our community for our work. I’m proud to be a Healthy Hope reporter because it helps our readers to live a healthy and safer life. It makes me feel successful.
Alan-Michael Smith, sixth grade, Philadelphia Montessori Charter School
I loved being on the newspaper. I can interview anyone and write stories. When I interviewed Dr. Mariana Chilton, I felt like I was a real reporter. After I interviewed her, I felt like I could do anything.
I prepared for the interview by practicing with my mom. The practice helped me to not be scared to ask questions. When I met Dr. Chilton and spoke with her, I felt proud that she liked my questions. I felt happy that I was there.
In the interview, I learned that a lot of moms and kids are fighting to survive. They have little money to buy food and to pay bills.
I wrote my story and then I read what I wrote. The story sounded pretty good and made me know that I would like to do more interviewing and writing.
I want to stay in the Healthy Times forever. I had so much fun. I also want to thank all of you for giving me such an opportunity to learn to be a good writer.
Linette Flores, third grade, Gotwals Elementary School
At first I was not sure if I liked the Healthy Press newspaper club, but then I got used to it. I was nervous interviewing people, but then that turned out to be my favorite part of newspaper club.
I really enjoyed having Ms. Marian come to my class every Wednesday for newspaper club. I liked learning new words that helped me with newspaper club. I guess that made me smarter.
Newspaper club helped me learn not to be afraid of talking in front of a lot of people or students. That was my biggest fear.
I still enjoy newspaper club. It was such a great thing that happened in my life.