Surprise encounter for reporters

March 2012… Healthy Hope student reporters recently discovered that you can meet all sorts of interesting people when on assignment.

While working on a profile for the upcoming Healthy NewsWorks book, the sixth-grade reporters bumped into Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the cafeteria of the team’s South Philadelphia training center. They had a chance to ask him a few questions and pose for pictures.

Then the reporters turned their attention to their scheduled interview with Sarah Martinez-Helfman, executive director of the Eagles Youth Partnership.

She talked about the partnership’s programs to provide free eye exams to children and distribute books to encourage literacy. The students’ story will appear in Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities, a Healthy NewsWorks book that will feature profiles of a dozen Philadelphia-area leaders who are making children’s lives healthier and safer.

The Healthy Hope is produced by the Hope Partnership for Education, an independent middle school in North Philadelphia. Hope Partnership launched its health journalism program through Healthy NewsWorks in the fall of 2011.


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