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Elementary school starts newspaper

Cindy Ramunno Special to the Daily
EDU Brush Creek newspaper 11-12 MK

When Brush Creek Elementary parent Mary Boyd has a good idea, she implements it. Boyd thought the school needed a newspaper and that fourth and fifth graders would be the perfect workers for that paper.

Boyd – who doesn’t have a fourth or fifth grader – says she saw an elementary newspaper from a friend’s school and thought it was a great idea.

“I thought it would be a great thing to start here at Brush Creek,” says Boyd.

She was right. When the school announced that there would be an after-school meeting for interested students, 35 kids showed up.

“That was shocking,” says Boyd. “I knew we’d have interest, but I had no idea we’d have that many students excited about the project.”

The students are in the process of working on their assignments, with the first issue of the Bobcat Blab due before winter break. Students selected and voted on the name of the paper and student-artists are currently working on logos. Other artists are working on comics and layout design.

Two fifth grade girls, who will remain anonymous, will serve as advice providers via their column, “Dear Kitty”.

Sports writers and feature writers will join “hard news” reporters to make up the meat of the paper. Fourth grader Logan Kinser will provide a story on shopping – what are the good clothes and accessories for gals her age.

“I love to shop and I’m so excited about this,” says Kinser.

Graham Richards will be the “Dave Berry” of the group, writing a humor column for the Blab.

Students will be working on the paper during their own time, not during the school day. Reporters have already done interviews, including principal Christine Mayhew. So Š if you talk to an Eagle fourth or fifth grader and he or she is recording what you are saying, he or she may just be quoting you.

For more information on programs at Brush Creek Elementary, call 328-8930.

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