School & Community News

Community support and the year ahead
January 1, 2017

Student reporters at Whitehall Elementary School work on a project.

A message from the director

January 2017 … A big THANK YOU to all our supporters for helping to make 2016 a highly successful year for Healthy NewsWorks. You’re making it possible for some 350 student reporters in 15 Philadelphia-area elementary and middle schools to learn how to evaluate health information and share it with the larger community through health-focused newspapers, books, and other media.

We had a truly remarkable year, with amazing student reporters, strong teachers and volunteers, and incredible support from the community—individuals and households, companies, organizations, and foundations.

Most recently, our fall campaign to support children’s health reporting exceeded its goal by more than 40 percent. Part of this success was the very generous response to the offer from an anonymous donor to match all gifts made during the final week of 2016 up to a total of $1,000. Our contributors not only met the challenge but surpassed it! Thank you to all the donors who made that possible.

Student reporters in each of our schools have already completed one newspaper edition and will work on more issues after the holidays. Also in the months ahead, teams of reporters will write articles based on interviews with Philadelphia-area health leaders for our sixth book, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2017. Save the date for our book launch, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at the Merion Tribute House, 625 Hazelhurst Ave., Merion Station, PA 19066.

In short, we are energized by your support and are excited about what 2017 will bring for our organization and the student reporters.

Many thanks and Happy New Year!

Marian Uhlman
Director of Healthy NewsWorks

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.