Scholastic News Kids Press Corps

Kid Reporter Update: Plastic straw ban, why libraries matter & The Grinch

Brittany Sullivan  //  Nov 26, 2018

Kid Reporter Update: Plastic straw ban, why libraries matter & The Grinch

There’s no doubt about it—young students are curious about the world around them and want to make their voices heard on issues that matter most. In the award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, Kid Reporters between ages 10–14 report “news for kids, by kids” from their hometowns and on the national (and international) stage.

During the month of November, these junior journalists have been busy getting the inside scoop on the growing plastic straw ban, how kids in California are taking action against distracted driving, and the Senate race in Texas. They also interviewed Walmart president and chief executive officer Doug McMillon, young actress Cameron Seely, and boomerang athlete Logan Broadbent. 

Keep an eye out. We’ll be sharing monthly round-ups of stories from the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps right here on the On Our Minds blog. Happy reading, everyone!

Michelle Obama on the Power of Story
By Victoria Feng
The former First Lady returns to her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, to celebrate her brand-new memoir, Becoming.

Why Libraries Matter
By Liset Zacker
Librarians in New Jersey talk about the importance of helping all kids cultivate a love of reading.

A Tight Race in Texas
By Benjamin Who
This year’s Senate race between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke helped inspire record voter turnout.

Riding to the Top of the World
By John Woo
Our Kid Reporter visits the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, to explore one of the world's tallest and most unique buildings.

Return of the Grinch
By Marley I. Alburez
Our Kid Reporter talks with Cameron Seely, who voices Cindy Lou Who in a new movie about the Dr. Seuss classic.

Boomerang: A Passport to the World
By Nolan Pastore
Elite athlete Logan Broadbent talks about this unique sport, which requires strength, speed, and agility.

Walmart CEO Leads by Example
By Manat Kaur
Our Kid Reporter talks with Walmart president and chief executive officer Doug McMillon about his company’s secret to success.

Putting Peace First
By Maxwell Surprenant
Our Kid Reporter talks with an activist who is inspiring young people to make a positive difference in the world.

Kids Take Action Against Distracted Driving
By Annika Petras
Each year, students in California document the number of distracted drivers in front of their schools.

Walking for a Cure
By Aanya Kabra
In Memphis, Tennessee, hundreds of people show their support for efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

A Close Race in Virginia
By Sidonie Gillette
A Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives talks about issues that matter to kids.

The Truth About Sharks
By Konrad Paul Schwarz
Marine scientists at Bimini, a research organization in the Bahamas, study these often misunderstood fish.

A Senate Page Shares Her Experiences
By Lilian Jochmann
What is it like to watch history unfold? Teenager Layne Donovan found out when she worked on the floor of the United States Senate.

The Last Straw?
By Jaxon Jones
Growing awareness about environmental pollution is leading to efforts to ban plastic straws and other single-use products.