School & Community News

New schools join HNW network
January 18, 2024

Congratulations to Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School (PHP), Russell Byers Charter School, and MaST Community Charter School on the publication of the first editions of their healthy newspapers!

All three schools joined the Healthy NewsWorks network during the 2023-24 school year.

In all, Healthy NewsWorks is partnering this year with 18 elementary and middle schools, the largest number of schools to offer the program simultaneously. 

Among our other participating schools, Cole Manor Elementary School in the Norristown Area School District has worked with Healthy NewsWorks the longest—18 consecutive years! Other schools that have collaborated with Healthy NewsWorks for at least nine years are William Cramp Elementary School and AMY Northwest, both in the School District of Philadelphia; and East Norriton Middle School, Hancock Elementary School, and Alice Davenport Elementary School (formerly known as Gotwals Elementary), all in the Norristown Area School District. 

“It’s deeply gratifying when schools continue to operate their newspaper program year-after-year,” said Marian Uhlman, Healthy NewsWorks executive director. “The newspaper often becomes a point of pride for the school and a source of inspiration for younger students.  

“It’s also wonderful to hear the excitement at new schools when they see their students’ work in print for the first time.”  

In the first edition of the Philadelphia Hebrew Public Healthy Investigator, students interviewed Pennsylvania State Rep. Tarik Khan, who is a nurse practitioner, about why he became a state representative and how he helps his community. Other articles include a book review, student reflections about healing, and interviews with school staff about how PHP creates a healthy community. 

Check out all the Fall 2023 newspapers on our website, and visit the page again soon to read Winter 2024 editions. 

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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.