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By Melissa Ford
Jean Lotus can do it all. She’s a professional reporter, author, parent coordinator of Ascension School's newspaper and Executive Director for Oak Park Kidz Newz Journalism Camp.
Did I mention she’s a mother of five?
Creativity is her strong suit so she’s offering your child the opportunity this summer to meet Dan Haley AND be a part of a real newspaper! For kids grades 5 - 8, Lotus’s unique summer camp provides kids with hands-on experience creating a newspaper by-and-for Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park kids. Kidz Newz will be published and distributed free at local libraries and kid-friendly locations so get in on the fun!
Oak Park Kidz Campers Create:
- Reviews of a restaurant, book, movie or video game.
- Interviews, news stories or sports stories about something in Oak Park/River Forest/Forest Park that pertains to teens or children.
- Business stories about a child-owned business or a business that caters to teens and children.
- Contribute to crime-prevention tips story based on interviews with Oak Park police.
- Take photographs to illustrate articles with their own cameras or a camp camera.
- Optional: a column that includes jokes, humor or advice.
- Optional: an original comic.
Oak Park Kidz Camp Includes:
- Field trips to Village Hall, Wednesday Journal Office and the Oak Park Police Department.
- Experienced camp staff of working reporters and journalism students from Columbia College and DePaul University.
- Interviewing and writing skills instruction from working journalists, visiting guest speakers and journalism students.
Just the Facts:
- Register for one or two six-class sessions in June and August/Camp hours: 10 am - 2 pm.
- Camp is held at Ascension School, 601 Van Buren, Oak Park.
- Cost per child per session: $230
- Camp phone: 708.510.1776
- For more information or to register visit: www.Oakparkkidz.com