New Haven Student Journalism Project 2012

Summer Journalism Institute 2012

The New Haven Student Journalism Project is building a community of student journalists from Yale University, Coop Arts High School, and Celentano Museum School. Coop Creative Writing majors and Yale Daily News writers will mentor Celentano students grades 2 through 8 to produce a high-quality, bi-annual newspaper, The Celentano Sentinel. Under the guidance of veteran New York Times writer Laura Pappano, students will learn how to approach their community for interviews, write relevant and honest perspectives on student life, and design the layout for a professional newspaper. The Celentano Sentinel will be distributed to students, teachers, parents, and New Haven residents, communicating to our city that every student has a story to tell.

Students meet on Tuesdays starting October 4th, from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

For more information, email Laura Pappano at

Read what students, mentors, and CCC staff are saying about the Celentano Sentinel!


“One thing I like about newspaper is that I got to learn about soccer and how they
play. And I learned about the soccer person and how they started.” –Gianni Bethea, 3rd grade

“I enjoyed writing about people and talking about what I like about them. I learned
that writing in a newspaper is a privilege and a good chance to say what you feel.” –Anadya Lamboy, 3rd grade

“I enjoyed writing about Walter Dean Myers because when I read his book, it was an
amazing book.” –Jasmine Cari-Pergee, 3rd grade

“I liked how we got the opportunity to actually get this done.” –Alexis Cole, 3rd grade

“I liked how I was able to talk and discuss things with people and have fun with it. I
learned more about what it means to write an article about something.” –Johnny Brown, 7th grade

“I enjoyed working with my friends and partners to finish our story and have a great
newspaper. What I learned in newspaper was to always put quotes in a story so you
can prove a point. I also learned to start off with the big things in the story and end it
with the little things.” –Berket Tewolde, 7th grade

“The thing I learned was that you have to use the things they really say in your story.
I liked that we got to go to places [to conduct interviews] like Mr. Rank’s class and
stuff.”–Omairys Carrasquillo, 7th grade

“I enjoyed that we got to write about topics we wanted to talk about and [do it] in
groups with other people. I learned that when you write, you have to include details
to support your topic. I also learned that you have to use quotes in your writing.”–Genesis Santana, 7th grade

“Something I learned during newspaper was that you have to use real info and facts.
I also liked that you could express your opinion.” –Rosa Curr, 7th grade

“Here in newspaper I liked being able to express my opinions and ideas about
whatever topic I wanted. I learned how to become a better writer and what I need to
do to have an article in the newspaper.” –Janne Cari, 7th grade

“I enjoyed that we learned a lot and that our articles are in the newspaper. I learned
how to make things sound more interesting.” –Hannah James, 7th grade

“I like writing about things I care about and that should be heard. I learned that your
voice can be heard by writing and that it’s important what we think.” –Cyan Stanford, 7th grade

“Something I liked was that I was able to talk and discuss things with people. I
learned how to write stories.” –Felicia Dulmage, 7th grade

“What I enjoyed about the newspaper was finding out good and important facts
about the economy and the environment and the cause and effect it has on people’s
lives.” –Jaavon Brown, 6th grade

“The thing I enjoyed in newspaper was when we were interviewing people. I
learned that quotes are very important for the newspaper. Another thing I enjoyed
was writing the story about the haunted house.” –Heaven-Lee Failey, 5th grade

“I enjoyed making the newspaper and getting my article and my name in the
newspaper. When I got it on page one, I was so surprised. It takes so long to write
and it finally came out and I was very surprised.” –Ruochen Wang, 8th grade

“When I was in newspaper I learned that there are many interesting things
happening with the world that I didn’t know about. I learned that the world is
getting hotter and that we need to help save the world or we will be in great
danger.” –Michaela Williams, 7th grade

“I like that we write our own articles and see our articles in the newspaper. I learned
that I like to write articles. I also learned how to write more things and use new
words. I also learned how to proof read my work.” –Kailtlyne Andrews, 8th grade


“I enjoyed being able to help the kids write about their school and guiding them
through the process of writing. It was a lot of fun and a great experience for me
because I knew I was making a difference.” –Ervin Simmons, 10th grade, Coop

“What I enjoyed most about working with these kids was just getting to know them.
There are certain kids I actually liked and got to know a little more — getting to
know their strengths, weaknesses, and developing a relationship with them. It was awesome. You also start to learn about yourself. You learn how to handle certain
situations. And you learn about your own writing as well. It’s a great program and I
learned so much about myself and the kids. It was challenging to gain respect from
them.” –Amanda Aponte, 12th grade, Coop

“The overall thing I think I learned was patience…It felt really rewarding to be a part of something that could really help the younger generation think about something that could become a lifelong job. With everyone working together I think the kids are starting to realize
that they have amazing thoughts about subjects and that people want to hear them.” –Amber Farquharson, 11th grade, Coop

“Mentoring at the Celentano Sentinel has made me see how important the next
generation is. We’re teaching them that their voice matters. It also showed me the responsibility old youth have.” –Imani Manick-Highsmith, 10th grade, Coop

“I feel like I did a good job of being someone the students could look up to. I’m grateful for having the opportunity to work with students and New York Times writer Laura Pappano. The students are great and talented. They have their moments when they play around, but I understand that they are still kids. I’m proud of them and their hard work this semester. I learned a lot from this program, but perhaps patience was the most important thing I learned. I learned to not get mad at them, to just accept that they may need a little break from writing. Later on, they would impress me with their ability
to focus. I can tell they worked really hard.” –Zanira Abubakar, 11th grade, Coop

“I really loved seeing the Celentano kids develop and polish their ideas. In working
on this newspaper, I noticed students gaining confidence in their skills. As a high
school student, I enjoyed interacting with students younger than me. It reminded
me that elementary school kids, whether from New Haven Public Schools or
suburban schools, have a unique charm. Yet, I noticed that these students had
important things to say that applied specifically to their situations. I realized the
value of having an outlet through which they could be heard. I absolutely loved my
time here. I think I probably learned as much as the students did.” —Molly Lynch, Choate

“Every Tuesday, a swarm of noisy, hungry, and tired kids flood into the Celentano
library. The first day of the Celentano Sentinel was not unlike the last; COOP
mentors try to tap into what these elementary and middle schoolers really care
about and help them focus on the craft of journalistic writing. At first, I was
concerned that these kids just happened to be here – no real desire to write, more
interested in making the library into a playground for gossip and petty fights. But
I gradually realized that the journalism program was not just about getting the
articles done, but teaching kids that they cared about issues that were relevant to
a readership beyond the classroom. For the first time, many students like Cyan and
Tiana were asked the question, ‘What do you actually want to write about?’ The
program broke the personal assumption that ‘Writing sucks. Writing is boring. I have
nothing to say.’

Once students and the Celentano/New Haven community began to ask each other
the right questions – on issues from the economic downturn to school uniforms to the basketball team to youth violence – I believe students began to see that their views and experiences had meaning. They learned how to sit still with a pencil and paper and take writing seriously. They took pride in their work.

For me, I learned to inspire motivation in students who once claimed they had
nothing interesting to say. Each student I have worked with has, without fail,
written something that begs for elaboration, detail, and narration. I loved seeing
drafts come to fruition from start to finish in the span of an afternoon.” –Michelle Ho, Program Director, Coop Center for Creativity

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