Thanks and congratulations





A penny saved means thousands earned for the Student Press Law Center, thanks to some creative teachers and their energetic students.

Last year, SPLC launched “Your Voice, Your Freedom,” a grassroots fundraising campaign that enlists student journalists to help raise money and public awareness to support the Center’s programming. Students responded generously, with their time and their money. The campaign brought in more than $2,800 in its inaugural year.

The 2007 campaign was built around an escalating Penny War among high schools across the country. Two co-winners ‘ Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan., advised by Susan Massy; and Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colo., advised by Mark Newton ‘ shared the top prize for collecting the heaviest coin. Each publication staff celebrated with an April 8 pizza party courtesy of SPLC.

The work of these and other inventive SPLC supporters in the community is on display on the Center’s grassroots fundraising page, www.splc.org/yvyf.asp.

Newton, who is coordinating the “Your Voice” campaign in 2008, said his students help SPLC because they value their free speech and recognize its fragility.

“If we don’t give a little to support the SPLC, who will?”

Last year, SPLC launched “Your Voice, Your Freedom,” a grassroots fundraising campaign that enlists student journalists to help raise money and public awareness to support the Center’s programming. Students responded generously, with their time and their money. The campaign brought in more than $2,800 in its inaugural year.

The 2007 campaign was built around an escalating Penny War among high schools across the country. Two co-winners ‘ Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan., advised by Susan Massy; and Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colo., advised by Mark Newton ‘ shared the top prize for collecting the heaviest coin. Each publication staff celebrated with an April 8 pizza party courtesy of SPLC.

The work of these and other inventive SPLC supporters in the community is on display on the Center’s grassroots fundraising page, www.splc.org/yvyf.asp.

Newton, who is coordinating the “Your Voice” campaign in 2008, said his students help SPLC because they value their free speech and recognize its fragility.

“If we don’t give a little to support the SPLC, who will?”


reports, Spring 2008