Amazing Kids! Magazine

September 2015: Issue #92 – Bullies No More

Hi Amazing Kids!

 

Welcome back from your summer break. Most of you probably just started back to school, so we decided to have a theme this month about bullying. Most of us have been bullied, been a bully, or seen a bully in action. Hopefully some of these stories will help you stand up to bullying and create a better environment for all of us to live in.

We have several exciting announcements! First, we were extremely fortunate to have an exclusive interview with Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. Mr. Khan has reinvented education with his online videos, exercises, and articles available for free at www.khanacademy.org. Khan Academy has also recently partnered with the College Board to provide free online SAT prep for anyone, everywhere. We’re excited to offer our readers insight into Mr. Khan’s vision in our interview in this month’s issue.

The winners of our Summer Fiction Writing Contest are announced in this issue. We were impressed with the creativity and the quality of writing of all the entries. The judges agree that the winners were standouts in their categories. You will find stories about how a soldier needed the homework for their battle strategy, traffic caused problems, dragons and monsters captured the student, butterflies caused a distraction, and one student tried to quickly create homework when unprepared. The variety is amazing and very entertaining. Everyone who entered the contest should feel proud to be a part of it. There were numerous excellent entries and we wish we could have awarded even more winners. Read and learn from the fabulous winners and rev yourself up to create something even better for the next contest. Thanks again to Pinblock, who provided the prizes for this contest.

Within this large issue you’ll see our theme in all columns about handling bullying and finding your inner strength. The poetry section includes poems that show the strength in competition, personal spirit, a sunset, and even a wilted flower. Read all the poems to see different sides of ordinary scenes and objects. Our fiction, short story section includes some fun stories about spring, and stories that will make you think deeply, such as Brothers by Heart, Lakeside and Saving Planet Mars. You can also read more stories about how characters dealt with various difficult people. Within Nonfiction you will find some book reviews that cover very different types of books, interesting true stories, a story about an amazing girl who turned her experiences with adversity into an idea to help others, and an exceptional interview with author, teacher, executive producer and host, Dr. Peter Sacco, who talks with us about bullying. We round out the issue with some beautiful photographs in the Amazing Artists column, writer’s tips that will aid in your writing, exciting new articles that showcase our new Comic Hub column, and funny jokes in the LOL column. Remember to add some money skills each month by checking out the Money Smarts column. This month you will learn how to plan your gifts to causes you care about.

We are looking for new stories. So look over our upcoming themes and see if you can create something that readers everywhere will love: Trinkets and Treasures, Thanks is in the Air, Winter Wonderland (may also include holiday stories), Family Matters, Lucky You (stories about luck or fate), and Small Wonders. I look forward to reading all your stories at editor@amazing-kids.org. Feel free to brush up on our submission requirements in our Write for Us area under the “Get Involved” tab.

Finally, as a new school year begins, several of our volunteer staff are moving on to college, leaving some positions open for those who’d like to become involved in Amazing Kids! Magazine. If you’re interested in becoming the Assistant Editor, Amazing Kids Adventure Column Editor, Amazing Kids Global Village Editor, Amazing Kids Spotlight Adult Interviewer, or a Contributing Writer, please email information about your writing and team experiences and accomplishments to editor@amazing-kids.org (Ryan Traynor). We’d love to have you join our team!

Remember what Stephen King said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” We hope you enjoy this issue of Amazing Kids! Magazine. I hope it motivates you to write some masterpieces of your own.

Write On!

Ryan Traynor
Editor-in-Chief
editor@amazing-kids.org

One comment

  1. Audrey Fredericks /

    How can I order a hard copy of your magazine?? I would like to send a subscription to my grandchildren.