Welcome to our third grade classroom at Reedsville Elementary School in Reedsville, WI. Inside our room, you will find... third grade SUPER HEROES! Why are the children in this room considered Super Heroes by their teachers? Each month, the children spend a week during Writing Block preparing articles for a village-wide newspaper. The mini-reporters, with the help of their two teachers, conduct interviews, write articles, design ads for area businesses, and create word searches for a monthly contest. We are fortunate to have a wonderful secretary who types our hand-written articles and a parent volunteer who turns them into newspaper-format. A local printing press prints 350 copies which are then hand-delivered by the teachers to the local businesses, who pass them out to their customers. The reaction from the community has been amazing! We have received many hand-written notes from our readers expressing appreciation for a job well done. I had two goals for this project when I began it three years ago. Goal number one: I am very proud of the school that I teach in. We have many great things happening on a daily basis that our community was unaware of. Our third grade newspaper bridges the gap between the community and school thus earning the name "The Connector." Goal number two: I wanted to give my students a BIG reason to be GREAT writers! They realize that more than 350 people will be reading the articles that they have written. Therefore, they are very careful as they conduct interviews, take notes, write articles, and proofread. The children have also strengthened public speaking skills and listening skills as they interview people such as local business owners, school administrators, school athletes, and fellow students.
Why do we need funds to help us? Our school, as many others, is on a very limited budget. We need assistance for three reasons:
1. We need to purchase many reams of the 11 x 17 paper that our newspaper is printed on each month.
2. Our paper is printed at a local printing press which allows for a quality looking paper in both words and photos. The monthly printing cost is $100.
3. At times, we award small prizes to our readers for contests held by the children. Community members mail in their responses which I deposit in a mailbox in my classroom. When the flag is up, we know that we have received mail from a reader... and I have a roomful of excited children waiting to see who has written us! We need money to purchase these small prizes.
Please feel free to check out the link we have posted. You will be able to read past issues of "The Connector" ... and we hope you are as impressed with our Super Heroes as we are. Thank you for your consideration and kindness!
Risks and challenges
We are in our third year of "The Connector" and have made many improvements over that time. Speaking from experience, we have promptly published nine issues each school year on time for the past two years. I fully anticipate publishing nine new issues this year with my little reporters by June of 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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