Horizon newspaper

Fourth-graders at Horizon Elementary School are getting a taste of journalism, thanks to the school newspaper, What’s Up Horizon?

“I like being on the newspaper staff because I can hear about what will be going on before it happens,” said staff member Darian Sager.

The newspaper has been around for several years, but in the past was put together by fifth-graders. Now that the fifth-graders are at Riverview Middle School, responsibility for What’s Up Horizon? has passed to the fourth-graders, said Principal Todd Hunt.

“We hope that our kids see another purpose for writing,” Hunt said. “Kids often think that what they write is not important for anything other than a grade. The newspaper can allow all of the students to see that their writing is important; so important that it is published on paper and online.”

This is the first year the newspaper will be available online. A link to it can be found on Horizon’s home page at http://www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/hzhome.htm.

The opportunity to write for others excites a number of the staff members. “I love the newspaper because you can write whatever you want and just have fun with it,” said staff member Katie Pocian.

Each month the reporters will write about what’s going on in one of the two classrooms per grade level, Hunt said. They also write about special events in the school, such as the book fair, walk-a-thon and fall family festival.

The first issue for this school year came out Oct. 28. It features items on activities in the third-grade science classroom, profiles of several teachers and an item introducing new faculty and staff.

“It’s fun learning about what other classrooms are doing,” said staff member Keiler Dunbar.

Mason Dale and Zoe Farrell enjoying interviewing the teachers. Hannah Ohrt said, “I like it because we get to meet new people.”

The eight students on the staff were selected by Mr. Hunt and their teachers. Two parent volunteers, Suzanne Dunbar and Brenda Dale, also help with the effort.

“Actually they’ve done most of the work,” Hunt said.

The students, for their part, are enjoying the experience. “I love writing and just having fun,” Ashley Uribe said.

“It is fun because I like to write and find out what's going on in the school,” Taylor Oreck said.

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