The Young Journalist Program has recently added Imagine Schools South Vero as its ninth Indian River County, FL elementary school, where fourth and fifth graders are mentored on how to become journalists. Seven students quickly enrolled in the Program.
Imagine Schools’ vision is for every student to reach his or her full potential and discover the pathways for life-long success.
Founded in 2004, Imagine Schools is a national non-profit family of public charter schools preparing students for lives of leadership, accomplishment, and exemplary character. Their non-profit network consists of 60 public charter campuses educating more than 30,000 students in nine states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that develop character and enrich the minds of the students we are privileged to serve.
The Imagine School’s vision is consistent with that of The Young Journalist, which is to nurture intellectual curiosity and instill a lifelong love of reading and writing by mentoring fourth and fifth grade students in the publication of their very own “scholarly articles.” It is to have students understand that journalism is a form of writing that tells people about things that really happened, but that they may not have already known about.
According to Lauren Poirier, principal of Imagine South Vero, “Wow! This is incredible! We are truly honored to be included in this amazing learning experience for the students in our county.”
Ms. Poirier has been dedicated to the field of education for 18 years. She has worked with students ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade in a variety of roles. She has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum consultant for a children’s book publishing company.