Students who play sports have their talents showcased at games; musicians and actors at performances. But where can writers and journalists get their accomplishments noticed in school? In the school newspaper. Ferndale High School puts out The Eagle, a full-sized 12-page newspaper created by students for students. I was impressed when I read some of the articles in the October 2010 issue (click here to view). Student journalists wrote with zeal and accuracy about topics relevant to students and the community. It brought back great memories of my own high school years on the newspaper staff and also the many student publications I’ve worked on as an educator. Journalism and the student newspaper/yearbook staff are some of the most hands-on classes you can find in high school. I noticed too that The Eagle is looking for patrons and advertisers. Advertising is the key to funding student newspaper initiatives. For a modest donation of $10 to $40 or more, a patron is noted in The Eagle. B ut better still than the recognition is the knowledge that you are helping a student expand his or her educational and career horizons. Click here for patron information.