This week, we sat down with Lauren Tarshis (editor-in-chief and publisher, Scholastic Classroom Magazines) and Kristin Lewis (editorial director, Scholastic Classroom Magazines) to hear some of the AMAZING work students across the country have been inspired to do after reading an article in their classroom magazines!
A few examples: Students in Tennessee raised $10,000 to fund a clean-water well for a village in Mozambique after reading an article in Scholastic Scope about a girl who had to walk miles to collect water for her family. New York students wrote letters to their assemblyman after reading about the dangers of pollution in Storyworks. And a third-grade class in Ohio started a school-wide recycling program after reading an article in Scholastic News.
Lauren and Kristin say that this spirit of turning words into action is something that's at the core of every single article that's published in a Scholastic Classroom Magazine.
"At the end of a story, we want kids to ask themselves or their teacher, 'What's next?'" Lauren says.
Later in the episode, we talk with one of those teachers, Robin Allen-Palmore. She tells us how impactful it's been for her third grade students to see that they can make a real difference in their school and community.
"They're leaders," she says.
Her advice for teachers who want to empower their students? "Listen to them."
Pop in your headphones and listen to this episode right here, or by finding and subscribing to Scholastic Reads wherever you get your podcasts!