Kid Reporter Day in Georgia!
Atlanta Kid Reporters honored for their work.
As a Scholastic Kid Reporter in Georgia, I have been interviewed live on local and national TV and NPR radio, and profiled by local newspapers. Last week, I received the biggest honor yet. I received a proclamation from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for the work I have done for the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.
During a board meeting, the commissioners presented me and fellow Atlanta Kid Reporter N’Naserri Carew-Johnson with a framed document declaring March 17, 2010 as Scholastic Kid Reporter Andrew Liang Day in Fulton County, Georgia. Serri got one too, proclaiming it N'Naserri Carew-Johnson Day.
“It is fitting to acknowledge how valuable the Scholastic Kids Press Corps program is in the Fulton County community, teaching Fulton County youth the importance of a Journalism career and the use of media in a positive, fun, and interactive way," said Board Chairman John Eaves.
Arriving at the meeting on the designated day, I sat through a televised meeting among seven Commissioners who discussed issues about how to improve the community. Then after the proclamation honoring a retiring staff member for her 30 plus years of outstanding service, the Kid Reporter proclamations were next.
Sitting in a chair and being interviewed by a TV anchor was easier than this! I felt tense walking down the stairs to join Chairman Eaves, who was waiting at the podium smiling at me with encouragement. That helped me relax as I walked over.
Chairman Eaves began reading my attributes, while I was standing on his right side. N’Naserri stood to his left. I was so excited, I was barely able to make my acceptance speech as I smiled and smiled.
I made what I thought was a pretty good speech. The audience applauded loudly. It seemed as if I was a celebrity…or something close to that.
What I am, however, is a Kid Reporter. N'Naserri and I and about 50 other Kid Reporters around the country cover the news for Scholastic readers. Our goal is to give school aged children information about the world around us in a "positive, fun, and interactive way" like Chairman Eaves said. I hop our work teachers us and empowers us all to grow into good citizens. The Fulton County proclamation was a really nice way for the grownups to recognize that. Thanks, Fulton County!
(PHOTO: TOP: Andrew Liang makes an acceptance speech as his fellow kid reporter N’Naserri Carew Johnson and Chairman of the Board John Eaves look on. BOTTOM: The Proclamation. (Photo Courtesy Andrew Liang)