Hello Parents and Guardians,

 

We’re inviting your children to document their experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a living history project we are creating in the Classroom Magazines Division of Scholastic.

 

We’ve already heard from many kids and teachers who are keeping journals and writing about their experiences. We want to support this and provide ideas for how kids can document their experiences in ways that are empowering and positive. We want children to know that while this is a time of uncertainty and unease, it is also a period that is important and that will long be remembered. Your kids are part of history, and their stories matter.

 

Our education editors have created a menu of writing prompts and creative project ideas for kids to choose from. We also encourage kids to create projects of their own design or to combine ideas we’ve provided.

 

We invite you to share their stories with us via email. Please note you should submit your child’s story and your child should not submit their story directly. We cannot accept submissions directly from students. Only parents and teachers may submit. Submissions directly from students will be deleted without further notice to the student who made the submission. If your child's story is selected and you agree, we may use your child’s story, such as by publishing it in our magazines or online. The My History project is limited to residents of the U.S. (See directions below for further details.)

 

We look forward to hearing from you and your child,

The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines

Directions

1. Send your child's work to MyHistory@scholastic.com.

2. Include “My History” and your child’s current grade in the subject line.

3. Include your email address so we can contact you if we select your child’s work for publication.

 

Please note: The email address that you give us will only be used to communicate with you about the submission and related matters. If your child’s project is selected for publication, a signed parent/guardian release will be required. If your child submits photography or audiovisual material including the likeness or voice of a recognizable individual other than your child, appropriate releases may be required for those individuals prior to Scholastic’s use.

If you have any questions, please email us at MyHistory@scholastic.com.

 

Submission Guidelines

All student submissions must be their original work.

Submissions should not contain:

  • third party materials like logos, brand names, recognizable products, video clips, photos, or music
  • celebrity images
  • personal information that could enable someone to contact or locate your child, such as full names, street addresses, or school names
  • profanities or sexual, obscene, or other inappropriate content.

 

Remember to review your child’s submission before sending it to us to make sure you are comfortable sharing it, and that it complies with the submission guidelines. Scholastic reserves the right to edit submissions in its sole discretion for compliance or other legal purposes. As much as we’re excited to read what everyone writes, due to timing and resource issues we may not be able to read all submissions. Finally, submissions will not be returned, so please be sure to keep a copy for yourself.

 Photo Credits: HERO: Roy Jones/Evening Standard/Getty Images (Crowd of Children); Corbis via Getty Images (Drummer Boy); FatCamera/Getty Images (Modern Kids); NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images (Paperboy); iStockPhoto/Getty Images (Climate Protest); Ronald Patrick/Getty Images (Greta Thunberg)