Thursday, February 22, 2007

A journalism booster club success story

We journalism advisers often struggle with how to get our parents more involved in the journalism programs we oversee. One well-documented parent support group is FANs at Mountlake Terrace High School's The Hawkeye, and another one seems to be off to a smashing start.

Wenatchee High School journalism adviser Logan Aimone wrote on his blog today about the kickoff event for the WHS Journalsm Booster Club, and it sounds like it hardly could have gone better. The group raised over $3,000 to be spent on the journalism program, but that wasn't the highlight of the night for Aimone:

"(T)he real reward is not the generosity of dollars but of the people who are so excited to be supporting scholastic journalism — a program not just for their kids but for all of our students. It was awesome to see the donations come in from parents of students that graduated two, five, seven years ago. And tonight the parents socialized with each other so much, looked at past yearbooks and newspapers, ogled the table of plaques and certificates, and watched students demonstrate InDesign and Photoshop. There was such an electricity in the air, and it was all about scholastic journalism at WHS."

You can find the full post here, and it certainly has challenged me to find new ways to get my parents involved in the JagWire program (beyond bringing dinner for the kids on deadline). And if I know Logan, I'm sure he'd love to share how he got the ball rolling.

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