Silver linings to virtual learning

Editor’s note: Maribel is a reporter for the Healthy Bulldog newspaper at AMY Northwest Middle School in Philadelphia, which is conducting classes virtually this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. […] Read More


Staying mentally healthy during COVID-19

| By Te-ojah, 12th grade | August 2020… “In times like COVID-19, children face uncertainty, sudden change, and stress,” said Dr. Kathleen Napalinga, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Einstein Healthcare Network, in a recent interview. “Their mental health can decline and take the forms of anxiety, depression, and sudden changes in behavior.” Dr. Napalinga […] Read More


Food needs are greater now

| By Alexandra, 7th grade | June 2020 … Martha’s Choice Marketplace in Norristown is more than a pantry giving food in boxes to people in need—it’s a whole grocery store with aisles where people can choose what they need, based on their family’s needs. Now, because of the coronavirus, Martha’s Choice has started a […] Read More


Waiting for a vaccine

| By Alana, 7th grade | June 2020 … Dr. Elizabeth Rappaport met this spring with East Norriton Middle School reporters through a Zoom teleconference to discuss vaccines for COVID-19. A vaccine can protect a person from getting an infectious disease. There currently is no vaccine against COVID-19 since it is a new virus. But […] Read More


Sending a message of hope

| By St. Veronica Healthy Hero staff | May 2020 … St. Veronica Healthy Hero third-grade reporters have created rainbows for children in Philadelphia homeless shelters as a sign of love, joy, and hope during the coronavirus shutdown. The reporters began to make their rainbows after watching a video interview on with Dr. Karen […] Read More


Rebuilding after the virus

| By Tyler, 8th grade | May 2020 … I recently interviewed Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey who is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and former chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She said that our lives cannot return to normal until an effective vaccine or treatment is created. I completely agree […] Read More


What it’s like to report on the pandemic

| By Trevor, 5th grade | April 2020 … Pam Belluck is a health and science writer for The New York Times. She was part of a New York Times team awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Ebola epidemic. Ebola is a virus that in 2014-15 infected more than 28,000 people and […] Read More


How to deal with anxiety

| By Alexandra, 7th grade | April 2020 … The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for many people to cope with the anxiety and stress that come with it and with the social isolation designed to control spread of the virus. To find ways to deal with that anxiety, my East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin […] Read More


Yellow Fever: Remembering a 1793 epidemic

| By Sara, 6th grade | April 2020 … Yellow Fever caused one of the worst epidemics in American history in 1793. In some ways, it can be compared to the coronavirus. But, first let’s learn about the Yellow Fever epidemic.  Award-winning journalist and author Stephen Fried recent provided some details about the yellow fever […] Read More


Middle schoolers speak to epidemiologist

| By Beth, 8th grade | March 2020 … East Norriton Middle School students recently participated in an online conference call with Dr. Robert Sharrar, a physician trained in infectious diseases and epidemiology, about the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19. During the conference call with East Norriton (PA) students, Dr. Sharrar, who describes […] Read More