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With today's resources, you can make up some pretty snazzy publications. Why not help organize and distribute a kids' publication? With students as the reporters, writers, and illustrators, you'll be guaranteed a publication they'll want to read.

This "Literacy Launcher" idea is just one of the basic, straightforward ways you can promote literacy and make a difference in your community.

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Opportunities abound for kids to be "published." After a class field trip, for example, students can collect their photos and write up what they saw. Or soccer team players can report who played and what happened at each game. Another option is for students to compile their stories, artwork, book reviews, and poems and desktop-publish them in magazine format or post them on the school's website. Or you can encourage kids to send their writing and artwork to a respected children's publication such as Stone Soup.

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