O’FALLON – A group of students at Delores Moye Elementary School learned what it takes to put a newspaper together over the past month as part of a school news enrichment class.
The class, which met after school and taught the kids about the elements of a newspaper, developing story ideas, conducting interviews, taking photos, and assembling a newspaper, is one of many enrichment classes offered at Moye. The kids, under the direction of teacher Lisa Poignee, used past issues of the O’Fallon Weekly as examples when assembling their own school paper.
The kids learned a variety of lessons over the month.
“I learned to keep a schedule with you because I missed a kid interview,” said Kendall.
“I learned it takes a whole team to make a newspaper. You can’t do it by yourself,” said Mason.
“I learned its not about what you think but what everyone thinks,” said Haley.
Zach said he learned you can’t be shy during an interview. Mrs. Poignee said the group solved that problem by conducting interviews in pairs.
The kids all said they believe newspapers were still important and had some creative reasons as to why.
“For me, I don’t see what happens in other places in Illinois or somewhere else. With a newspaper, I can see what is happening there,” said Aidan.
“Some people don’t have money to buy expensive computers and tablets, so its a cheap way for them to get their news,” said Kendall.
“The battery on a phone or tablet can run out and then you can’t read it, but a newspaper you can always read,” said Alicia.
“A website is only good for that day, but with a newspaper you can go back and read something whenever you want,” said Aidan.
One student said she likes newspapers because she and her grandpa sit together and read the comics.
The class was made up of fourth and fifth grade students. They worked on articles and will soon print their newspaper, which will be distributed around the school.
“I learned it takes a lot of work to put a newspaper together,” said Zach.