We’re inviting your students 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 know that many of you are already encouraging your students to keep journals and write about their experiences, observations, and feelings. We want to support this effort and provide additional ideas for how your kids can document their experiences. We want your students to know that while this is a tough time, they 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. Students are also free to combine ideas or design their own projects.
If any of your students would like to participate, provided you have permission from their parent or legal guardian, you can share their work with us via email. Please note that students 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. We will be selecting stories to use for projects in our magazines and videos and will get in touch with parents and guardians directly for their approval before anything is published. 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 students,
The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines
1. With permission from each student’s parent or legal guardian, you can submit your students’ work to MyHistory@scholastic.com. (You can also encourage parents and legal guardians to submit directly to us on their child’s behalf.)
2. Include “My History” and the student’s current grade in the subject line.
3. Include the email address for each student’s parent or legal guardian (Note: We will only get in touch if we select a student’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 student's project is selected for publication, a signed parent/guardian release will be required. If your student submits photography or audiovisual material including the likeness or voice of a recognizable individual other than the student, 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.
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 the student, such as full names, street addresses, or school names
- any profanities or sexual, obscene, or other inappropriate content.
Remember to review your student's submission before sending it to us to make sure that it complies with 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.
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