Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Current Events' Children's Newspaper Marks 10th Anniversary

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Current Events' Children's Newspaper Marks 10th Anniversary

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Ten years ago, Suri Roth started a newspaper at Bais Tzipora, a Jewish Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she worked as a reading coach for third and fourth graders. "I saw that children can use news events as a tool," she told E&P Online.

The first newspaper Roth produced was restricted to a single 8.5" x 11" master sheet. But a year or so after it started, "other teachers started contacting me, wanting copies for their students," she says. "As we recognized a need, more teachers and educators asked to subscribe."

Today, Roth is executive editor of The Current Events, which under the slogans "Good News for Kids" and "For a Better Worldview," has grown at a rate that its adult contemporaries would envy. The paper is delivered to over 300 schools in 18 states, reaching some 45,000 students, according to Roth.

Current Events strives to make the news easy to understand and educational to kids. "If you want to teach government," Roth says as an example, "you'd use the Current Events for stories about the Obama cabinet taking shape. It's a type of reading and learning that a child can do outside the classroom. The papers also come with teacher's guides, for teachers who don't have that much time to prepare. So the sentiment that we get from teachers is 'Wow, it's all in here.'" One of those teachers is Cheryl Schechter, an elementary school language arts teacher in North Caldwell, N.J., who has taken Current Events for the last three years. …

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