FHN student articles published in special version of the Post-Dispatch

Posted on 11/18/2021
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or 65 years, hundreds of volunteers have given their time and talents to help with Old Newsboys Day. The event is held annually the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers stand on St. Louis-area street corners waving newspapers and collecting donations. This year’s helpers were up with the sun. They started just before 5 o’clock Thursday morning. Standing outside in the cold, collecting cash until all of the newspapers were gone.

Any amount of money is accepted for this special newspaper and all of the funds raised help the community. Newspaper sales donations go directly to the Old Newsboys Fund which assists local children’s charities. The organization’s mission is to make sure every child is continuously receiving medical care, housing, food and access to a high-quality education.

This year, the organization did something extra special and the Francis Howell School District was a part of it all. The special edition newspaper features stories written by high school students from across the St. Louis region. Four of the student articles selected and published were written by Francis Howell North students.

The FHN journalism program reaches hundreds of students each year and is led by Aaron Manfull, director of student media. The Post-Dispatch worked with Manfull to select the students and the articles that were published.

“Having multiple student articles published makes me really proud,” said Manfull. “It’s a great opportunity for them to have their work highlighted in a paper like the Post-Dispatch.”

Morgan Chairs, Chase Pray, Macy Cronin and Amber Winkler each contributed to the special-edition paper. Each story highlights a different local children’s charity that will benefit from money raised by Old Newsboys Day.

The charity was established in 1957. The very first year the volunteers raised more than $34,000, and millions of dollars have been raised in the past six decades. This year’s goal was to raise $300,000.

Learn more about the Old Newsboys Campaign for Kids non-profit and read the full articles on their website.

For more information about the journalism program at FHN, please contact Mr. Manfull.

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