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Thank you for making our Annual Celebration amazing
June 2, 2021

June 2021 … In March 2020, many things seemed undoable. Thanks to our amazing supporters, book participants, special guests, student journalists, and teachers, putting on a professional live-streamed event during a pandemic was not one of them!

We are so grateful to all who tuned in to the livestream of our Annual Celebration, Doing the Undoable in a Pandemic. (If you missed it, click here to watch a replay!) We’d especially like to thank Malcolm Jenkins, Kenneth Frazier, and Michael Osterholm for sharing their time and expertise with our student journalists. The opportunities that our participants get to interview scientists, doctors, health leaders, and community activists at the pinnacle of their professions is one of the many things that sets our program apart.

A big thank you to all the health and community leaders who spoke to our student journalists about the pandemic’s challenges for Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2021: Doing the Undoable in a Pandemic. We are delighted to provide free copies of the book to our student journalists and their schools; you can read the book online here.

None of this would be possible without our supporters — and, on that note, Healthy NewsWorks has exciting news to share! Thanks to your generosity, our Annual Celebration raised $60,000, exceeding our original goal of $50,000! This enables us to continue and build upon our important work. We are truly appreciative!

Shout-outs to our Video Team: Rodney Whittenberg (Melodyvision), Dawn Heefner, Vernon Odom, Victoria Strickland, Amy Ginensky, Mia Blitstein, Sarah Lowing, Diane Davis, and Chad and Kali Edwards (Invica).

Special thanks to the editor of our 2021 book, Lisa Tracy, and to Mary Lowe Kennedy, Ted Duncombe, and Rhonda Dickey, who provided editing support.

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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.