Hudson, New York


One hundred and fifty 5th grade MC Smith Intermediate School students attended their “Moving on Up” ceremony this past Friday, June 22nd.

While taking the next step in their schooling careers and life, the students were also awarded certificates of completion from the local non-profit School Life Media for participating in and finishing its Junior Journalism program.

All the students also received a copy of the publication they created. During the course, the students learned the 5Ws, how to take notes, interview each other and guests, research New York Times stories (see what the Times said about the program), design pages, write stories, illustrate them, and more.

Peter Meyer, the non-profit creator and former board of education member, and Olivia Otty, who attended Hudson schools, both taught the seven classes throughout the school year. Both thoroughly enjoyed their time with the kids and their teachers, all who said they saw a difference in their students during and after the program ended.

Fifth-grade teacher Kimberly Keeler noted that her students “only know how to do this because of the program.” Peter Meyer also said, “these kids are intuitive and able to comprehend things that most would assume go way over their heads. It was an honor to teach them.”

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