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The power of the press

Sixth-graders work together to create their own publication

Burgess Elementary School sixth-grade students Matthew Toon, Will Farland, Eamon McHugh, Arsh Patel and Zach Kelley, all 12, work on their own publication, “WEAS,” a school newspaper they created on their own two years ago. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
May 14, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Breaking news.

A little elbow grease and personal drive has led a group of friends to success with their self-run newspaper.

"WEAS" is the name of the publication produced by a group of self-motivated sixth grade students at Burgess Elementary School. The acronym combines the first names of founders Will Farland, Eamon McHugh, Arsh Patel, all 12, and their advisor, Burgess Librarian Sarah Swift. Also involved in the production of the newspaper are fellow sixth graders Matthew Toon and Zach Kelley, also 12. The tiny group of self-proclaimed journalists gather during recess to write, design and edit their own publication, which they distribute to teachers. The teachers then donate a small sum to the group who have donated the funds to Heifer International.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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