Nine students from Des Moines, Iowa have joined the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, a team of student reporters ages 10-14, who are covering the race to the White House from their hometowns across the country. The students’ articles will be featured at Scholastic News Online® (www.scholastic.com/news
) and in Scholastic News® (for students in grades 1-6) and Junior Scholastic® (grades 6-8) and will be read by millions of children across the country. The Kid Reporters will cover the process and outcome of the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, 2008, as well as the candidates’ campaign events in Des Moines leading up to the caucuses.
The Scholastic Kid Reporters in Iowa have already covered Republican and Democratic debates, interviewed former mayor Rudy Giuliani at a town hall meeting and interviewed former Senator John Edwards at a United Steel Workers’ Union rally. Throughout the campaign year, the Scholastic Kids Press Corps will continue to interview presidential candidates and will cover the debates, caucuses and primaries in key states including Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, New York, California and Florida, as well as report on the Democratic and Republican Conventions, Election Day, and the inauguration of the next President.
“In addition to reporting from Scholastic’s award-winning team of editors, the Scholastic Kids Press Corps will offer a first-person, youthful perspective to help raise students’ interest in politics, current events and the electoral process. Our hope is that our readers – tomorrow’s voters – will gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and will become engaged, well-informed and active citizens,” said Rebecca Bondor, Editor in Chief, Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
Parents, teachers and students can look for occasional reporting by the Scholastic Kids Press Corps on NBC News programs and at MSNBC.com as part of a partnership between Scholastic News and NBC News to report on the 2008 Presidential Election. Scholastic News election coverage will include lesson plans and educational resources for use in classrooms nationwide.
Scholastic is the largest publisher of educational magazines, with 32 publications for grades PreK-12, reaching over 25 million students and teachers across the country. Teachers rely on these publications to enhance instruction in such subjects as science, reading and language arts, math, social studies, current events, history, geography, world languages and art. Scholastic News Online (www.scholastic.com/news
), the magazines’ online companion, gives teachers, students and parents an additional resource with which to learn about and discuss current events in the classroom and at home.
For more information about Scholastic or the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, please visit www.scholastic.com/news