School & Community News

Thank you for a successful fund drive
January 8, 2018

A message from the executive director
January 2018 … A big THANK YOU to all our supporters for helping to make 2017 a highly successful year for Healthy NewsWorks. You’re making it possible for nearly 500 student reporters in 14 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 30 percent. Part of this success was the very generous response to the offer from three board members to match all gifts made during the final weeks of 2017 up to a total of $2,500. 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 are hard at work on their second issues. Also in the months ahead, teams of reporters will write articles based on interviews with Philadelphia-area health leaders for our seventh book, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2018. Save the date for our book launch, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, 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 2018 will bring for our student reporters and schools.

Many thanks and Happy New Year!

Marian Uhlman
Executive Director

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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.