Walking into a room to have everyone turn to stare can be a nightmare.
Not when you’re with the “Erie Square Gazette,” walking into a room of third graders.
On Nov. 15, four members of the “Erie Square Gazette:” Twana Pinskey, Danielle Kennedy, Clay Kimball, and myself(Christina Stoutenburg) travelled to Woodrow Wilson Elementary school.
Our purpose: to help teach the students of Hannah Palmer’s third grade class how to write their own newspaper.
Palmer was very helpful with the program, having the students read the “Erie Square Gazette” and going over some of the newspaper positions with the students before our arrival. We added more information to knowledge she pre-supplied by going into a little more depth about the various positions here at the newspaper, as well as covering new things such as using the inverted pyramid style of news writing.
Not only was it an experience for the students but for us as well.
During our visit, Pinskey asked the class for article suggestions.
One of the little girls, who was scared to say her suggestion, shared with me, “When I talk sometimes, people laugh at me.” So I told her that I would raise my hand for her, but she would have to answer the question. To see the huge smile on her face when it was written on the board and no one laughed was priceless.
Towards the end of the visit they were full of questions for us; some of which included, how many articles we write and if we play video games.
Thank-you notes were also not in short demand.
Members of the paper will be returning to do more work with the students on future dates.
A similar trip is planned for next semester.