After their school newspaper was cancelled, seventh graders at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Olivia Donohue and Maggie Padilla, decided to start a kid-run newspaper club for Garden Oaks and Oak Forest.
“I think that newspapers are still important to a community because you can read about something but you weren’t there to experience it,” Donohue said.
Donohue and Padilla both said the main reason they wanted to start the paper was to give other kids in the neighborhood the opportunity to write and create a newspaper.
“We are going to try to cover all the topics like breaking news, sports and other events happening in the community,” Padilla said.
The club will begin with an emailed newsletter every other week, but eventually they hope to publish in print.
Both girls have taken writing classes and Donohue was a student at The Leader’s Media Camp last year.
“The experience was awesome. The camp covered all types of media,” Donohue said. “I am more interested in filmmaking after it, and I think the photography part of the camp will help us with taking photos to go with the stories.”
The club will also serve as a fun way to meet other kids in the neighborhood. Padilla said they’re looking for kids who are 10-14 years old to participate in the club.
“For our new members, we’re looking for people who like to write and would take their role seriously,” Donohue said. “The responsibilities would include keeping on task and writing your assigned article.”
To learn how to join the club, contact Donohue and Padilla via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.