Gotwals Elementary starts health newspaper

September 2011…Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., has become the newest member of the Healthy NewsWorks student media program. Thirty third grade reporters have formed the first staff of the Gotwals Healthy Press under the leadership of their teacher, Ms. Katie Sortino. “You get to go around and ask people why health is important,” said one third grade reporter. Another reporter said, […] Read More

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Medical librarian to focus on health literacy

August 2011…Andrea Kenyon, a trained medical librarian, has joined the Healthy NewsWorks team. She said she hopes to help Healthy NewsWorks develop an electronic library of kid-friendly health information resources. She also will provide literacy training and support for teachers and students. “I hope to empower children by teaching them to locate and use credible […] Read More

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Students tackle many health subjects

August 2011…During the past year, students in 12 schools produced 37 Healthy NewsWorks publications, including three translated into Spanish. Healthy nutritional choices and different ways of exercising were featured in almost every issue. “I learned what to eat and what not to eat,” said one middle school student. Students wrote about why it is important […] Read More

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Cole Manor produces second Spanish language issue

June 2011…The Cole Manor Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., produced its second Spanish language issue this winter. The first Spanish language issue was produced in May 2010. Both issues were translated by Kristin Li, an ESL teacher, for about 100 families in the Cole Manor community with family members whose first language is Spanish. Read More

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“Get the scoop” fundraiser a big success

May 2011…More than 120 people gathered May 21, 2011, in Haverford, Pa., to “get the scoop” on the Healthy NewsWorks student media program. The fundraising event featured remarks by Joseph A. Frick, former president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, and awards to student ambassadors of the program’s health-focused newspapers. Students from many of the 12 schools […] Read More

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Thanks to our sponsors!

May 2011…Healthy NewsWorks deeply appreciates the contributions of all our supporters who have given so generously of their time, talent and resources. Your gifts help us enrich the lives of our student journalists and their communities. We acknowledge with gratitude the following companies and individuals for making sponsorship-level contributions to our spring 2011 fundraising event. […] Read More

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NEA Foundation features Norristown newspapers

May 2011…The National Education Association Foundation has posted a story and photos about the growth of healthy newspapers in the Norristown (PA) Area School District. Norristown teachers received $5,000 from the foundation two years ago to further develop the program in the elementary and middle schools. The school district currently has student-produced health newspapers in seven schools that are part […] Read More

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Teachers, students share perspectives

May 2011…Participating students and teachers describe how the Healthy NewsWorks program works and what it means to them in a new six-minute video. The video was produced by Victoria Strickland, a former TV writer and producer for NBC Universal WCAU.  She joined the East Norriton Middle School teaching staff in the fall 2010 and also became a faculty coadvisor […] Read More

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A Wiki for Chestnutwold

March 2011…Reporters for the Chestnutwold Healthy Times in Haverford Township, Pa., can now write and edit virtually by tapping into a Wiki — interlinked web pages that allow for the creation and editing of collaborative works. Student journalists who are working together on a story can each post information that they have gathered, and see what each other is doing.  Says Mary Beth Lauer, […] Read More

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Shaping the news at Marshall Street

February 2011…The staff members of the Marshall Street Healthy Bulletin in Norristown, Pa., came up with an acrostic to encourage their fellow students to read the newspaper and explain its purpose. You can’t beat reading the Healthy Bulletin  Helping people to think twice about their health Each article informs its readers Articles that share information to […] Read More

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