Students reporting on effects of pandemic

December 2020…The coronavirus pandemic and its effects on people’s everyday lives has been a primary topic for Healthy NewsWorks student reporters this fall. The students in Philadelphia and Norristown elementary and middle schools reported on topics as varied as stress reduction and getting adequate sleep in their first newspaper issues of the 2020–21 school year. […] Read More

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Thank you for a successful fund drive!

January 2021 update: Our fall 2020 fundraising drive has concluded. Thank you to all contributors for helping make it a success! Donations can be made anytime through our Make a Gift page. Teaching important skills at an early age November 2020 … As we begin our fall 2020 fundraising campaign, Morgan Washington-Leslie, a fourth grade […] Read More

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Virtual encounters with experts

November 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks reporters are connecting with experts in music, medicine, education, and more through video interviews this fall. As are most school programs in the Philadelphia region, the Healthy NewsWorks program is being conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. James Logan Healthy Eagle staff members interviewed Kerri Ryan, a violist with […] Read More

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Joel Catindig joins Healthy NewsWorks board

November 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Joel Catindig, manager of  Digital Solutions at Independence Blue Cross, as a member of its board. Joel has 20-plus years of experience in customer-focused and visual communications and has been actively involved in diversity and inclusion efforts at Independence Blue Cross. He is a co-founder of […] Read More

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Silver linings to virtual learning

| By Maribel, 8th grade | November 2020…Hey, sixth graders! Welcome to Amy Northwest Middle School. I hope you are enjoying your first couple of months as a sixth grader, virtually. This year is a lot different from what students originally thought it would be. It has affected AMY teachers, eighth graders, seventh graders, and, […] Read More

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Back in schools, virtually

October 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks is back in schools this fall—from a distance. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs are being conducted virtually. Students, teachers, and adjunct faculty are meeting by video and sharing documents electronically. As of early October, programs had started in seven schools with several more expected to start up in […] Read More

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Healthy Comet begins 15th year

October 2020 … Cole Manor Elementary School is celebrating its 15th year of publishing its health newspaper. “I really can’t believe that,” said Dr. Nicole Poncheri, the school’s principal, who has overseen the Cole Manor Healthy Comet student newspaper for the past 14 years. She said it’s unusual for a program to have such longevity […] Read More

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Gains in literacy, interpersonal skills for student reporters

October 2020 … Elizabeth Donhauser, a master of public health candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, recently completed an evaluation of the Healthy NewsWorks program based on data collected during the 2018–2019 school year. Here is her report. Student journalists showed significant literacy improvement and interpersonal growth through both quantitative and qualitative data collected during […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks board welcomes Omar Joseph

October 2020…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Omar D. Joseph, a marketing executive with more than 15 years experience, as a new member of its board. Omar is director of regional marketing-East for Quest Diagnostics, Healthy NewsWorks’ Community Wellness Partner. He leads marketing campaigns across seven states and the District of Columbia and has experience […] Read More

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Student reporting lit a spark

Editor’s note: This article is by Elena Tzivekis, who was a student reporter for 8 years on two Healthy NewsWorks newspapers in Norristown, Pa., schools. She is now a senior at La Salle University working toward a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in Russian language. October 2020 … For as long as I […] Read More

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