The latest issue of P.S. 73 News has landed! Written by the Honors Fourth and Fifth grade journalists in the Fordham Honors Enrichment Program with help from their college mentors, top stories in these pages are Katy Perry, Astronomy, Kitties versus Puppies and, of course, several opinion pieces on school lunch.
Writers found their subjects in everything from hobbies to heroes to drama in the fifth grade. ”I just got inspired about how there’s been a lot of fighting lately and I wanted to let people [in my grade] know that it should stop. I actually made a survey and most people think that the fighting should stop,” said the author of “Stars Academy.”
Once they had chosen their topics, some students were overwhelmed with the amount of information they wanted to pack into their piece. The author of “Camp Homeward Bound” said, “I had such a good time and it was hard remembering all the details. I would put some details in and then when I was almost finished, I’d remember, ‘Hey this happened!’ now I have to start again.”
Others ran into writer’s block and turned to their peers for guidance. The author of the Katy Perry piece said, “I didn’t know what Katy Perry song to pick. So I asked people and what they liked and they all chose ‘Roar’ so that’s why I started writing about it.”
On Wednesday, January 22, students and mentors alike braved 11 inches of snowfall to celebrate the newspaper’s publication with snacks and readings by classmates. ”I love seeing the kids reach their full potential, which they might not be able to in the classroom,” said Fordham mentor Casmir Black at the party. “This [program] gives them the chance to show their talent and their writing skills. I also really love to see them get the idea of college in their heads. They get so excited about visiting Fordham. By the end of the year they say, I want to go to Fordham when I’m older.”
Toward the end of the party, the journalists had a surprise visit from Assistant Principal Craig Monteverde. “You need to celebrate your success!” he said, and told the class that he wanted to distribute the newspaper to all 300-plus members of the fourth and fifth grades. The announcement set off gasps and cheers in the class. Students raised their cups of Hi-C and CocaCola to toast P.S. 73 and Change for Kids.
As the party wound down, one student approached School Manager Alyxe Lett. With a big smile on her face, she said, ”Thank you so much for bringing this program to us. It made a difference.”