Celebrate Earth Day with the Kid Reporters!

Apr 17, 2013
Earth Day is one of those annual moments that the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps really looks forward to. Not only is it an important opportunity to stop and think about the human impact on the planet, but it gives us an opportunity to connect with kids across the country (and world) in a really big way. Something we’ve learned over the years is that kids lovelearning about the environment.Whenever a Kid Reporter writes a story about green issues or protecting the planet, a lot of kids read it and a lot of kids share their ideas about how to help the planet. Why? Because protecting the environment is a big, important issue that kids can take ownership of. They can organizerecyclingdrives at their schools or work with their friends to clean up a beach or get together with their neighbors to plant trees in a local park — the ideas they come up with are endless! For the past few years, the Kid Reporters have put together an Earth Day Special Report to share how kids around the country are working to improve the environment and highlight important green issues. In 2010, we focused on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and in 2012 we featured a video interview with noted primatolgist Dr. Jane Goodall. This year, the Kid Reporters look at the environmental toll of natural disasters. For the Earth Day 2013 Special Report, Kid Reporter William Russell and Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch report on Superstorm Sandy’s impact on beaches, coastlines, and ecosystems in Long Island and New Jersey, respectively, while Kid Reporter Jacob Schroeder talks to people cleaning up Oregon’s beaches of local trash and debris washing ashore from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We’ll be adding more stories to the Special Report in the days ahead. But you and your kids can be part of the Earth Day conversation, too! Head over to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog and share your ideas for celebrating and protecting the planet! Photo: A handmade Earth Day sign posted on a gate in front of an apartment building in Brooklyn, New York. (Dante A. Ciampaglia)