Sunday, December 18, 2016

Puddledock Connects to Kids with new Column



Local readers have requested a comeback of a previously managed section of the paper. In December 1979 Volume 1 Number 1 of the Puddledock Press a section called Creative Corner was published sharing the writings of Farmington students with the community. Kids Corner will be a modern rendition of Creative Corner. The paper will accept writing submissions from any student who resides in Farmington. A lottery process will be used to select a single piece to go to print with the rest of the paper in hardcopy and online format. Each month will be a different writing selection. Due to limited print space, other submissions will receive recognition through a special section to be published online only.


The rules: article submissions must be electronic, editable and e-mailed to Kid’s Corner editor Tom Naro at tom@coppolapt.com. Size of the writing is preferred to be under 300 words. Longer submissions may be edited in length to highlight sections of the piece so it can fit the paper’s available space.Topics of any interest will be reviewed. Here are some suggested themes: heroism, love, victory, tragedy, beauty, holidays, family, life lessons, coming of age, the future, inspiration, sorrow, reality, identity, power, overcoming and hope. Style of writing can be expository, descriptive, persuasive, or narrative. Short stories, poems, essays, news, reviews, opinions, nature, and most of anything else is encouraged.


The student’s first name, age and school will be mentioned along side her or his writing. Farmington has students who attend public school, private school, do home schooling, and those who utilize distance learning. Any student from early learning through high school levels are asked to produce individual or group work. To make the selection easier for the editors, we ask teachers, parents, or groups leaders to screen selections from their students and send directly to the Kids’ Corner editor.


To provide an example here’s something that was printed in the very first issue of the Puddledock Press from Mrs. Collins’ eighth grade reading class by Robert Suydam.


Many people have heard stories about heroes long ago, but do not realize that people still qualify for being a hero today.I believe my father could be a hero today because, in my eyes, he qualifies as a hero. First of all, he is very brave. He served in the Marines and fought in World War II. He is not scared of anything. He is also very strong and uses his strength wisely. He is not mean unless he has to be.When it comes to fairness and dedication to duty, my father is the tops. All in all, my father has all the qualities of a hero.

Kids’ Corner is sponsored by Coppola Physical Therapy Farmington.

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