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Would-be gumshoes hone their skills

Elementary school kids take on journalism

Posted: December 8, 2008 9:03 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Canyon Spring Elementary students asked The Signal questions during their mini lecture. The students will use the new skills they learned in a student-run newspaper to launch in February.

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The news of print journalism's demise is greatly exaggerated and nine elementary school children drove home the point Saturday.

Canyon Springs Elementary School is the recipient of a student enrichment grant, said Jane D'Anna, assistant principal.

With help from the grant, nine Canyon Springs students, ages 11 and 12, will help publish the new school newspaper.

The first publication is scheduled for February.

The students sharpened their skills at the Santa Clarita Valley Literacy and Arts Festival Saturday when a journalist from The Signal taught them the importance of who, what, where, when, why and how.

The young journalists circled around the festival pushing notebooks and pens into the faces of local vendors searching for a scoop.

The would-be reporters returned with their notes and learned how to write leads and short news briefs. Listed below are the stories the children wrote. There was minimal editing.

A taste of what is to come from Canyon Spring

Sue A. Cowling has a desire to tutor kids who can't afford expensive tutoring. She started tutoring at her house 10 years ago. She opened SCV Tutors a year ago. She was a second-grade teacher and worked for Sullivan. Sue was at the festival for a raffle for tree tutoring.
By Tanya Lopez, age 11

Atom Freeman works at a local comic store on Lyon's Avenue. He has been the owner for eight years.
He picked this job because he loved comics. They sold many, many comics.
The store also won an international award.
By Jessica Scoduto, 11

Marla Khayat, board of directors, has a passion to perform. She has been performing for eight years at the Canyon Theater Guild.
Her desire is to give young people opportunities to pursue their dreams for acting and drama.
The Canyon Theater Guild is 38 years old now.
The Canyon Theater Guild is at Sixth and Main Street in Newhall.
That is why Marla Khayat likes to perform.
By Jennifer Pida

Ray Friesen is a cartoonist and he started when he was 4 years old. His first book was published when he was 12 years old.
Ray Friesen has his own publishing company that is called "Don't eat any bugs." He called his first book "The Adventures of Raymond Q. the Wonderful." He does this because he loves to draw.
Ray Friesen wants the people to know that penguins and pirates are awesome.
By Maribelle, 11

Susie Unkeless got inspired to work at Discovery Toys by her 2-year-old son and said the toys are educational for kids.
They can help build the foundation for future learning success.
Discovery Toys has been around for 30 years.
She has been working for a year.
By Jasmin Morales, 10

Len Felder has a passion to help people by writing books. His latest and favorite book is "Fitting In Is Overrated."
Len has published 11 exciting books because he wants people to know how good it feels.
Len has an upcoming book but he doesn't want to say what it is about because he doesn't want to spoil the moment.
By Jasmin Ramos, 11

Marla Khayat wants to bring theater to the community. She has a passion for acting.
Marla is on the board of directors at the Canyon Theater Guild. Marla joined 10 years ago.
She likes to watch people that perform. Marla started acting at 8 years old.
The Canyon Theater Guild is located on Sixth Main Street in Newhall. Marla Khayat wants the community to go to the 38-year-old theater for live entertainment.
By Genessis Galindo, 10

The Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation believed that teachers, principals and students needed to help.
It started off as a chamber of commerce 13 years ago and has been a foundation since April.
We want to give kids the best education, they say. They want to support schools and love getting the feeling of satisfaction that they have helped schools.
Teachers are encouraged to write an application and state what their program is.
The foundation chooses exciting programs that will help students learn all over Santa Clarita Valley.
By Madelyn Nave, 10

Ivena Ricci arranges educational events and shows for families.
She works at the Santa Clarita College of the Canyons in the box office as a ticket agent.
She is here advertising special events happening at College of the Canyons (from) January through March.
By Daniela Villamizar, 11



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