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Magazine Expresses Student Feelings
NEW YORK—The students of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan fled their school and headed north in the city as the terror and destruction of September 11 unfurled only five blocks away.
Through donations from R.R. Donnelley & Sons and paper giant Stora Enso North America, their thoughts and feelings from that day have been chronicled in a special 24-page magazine edition of the student newspaper, The Spectator.
A total of 850,000 copies of the magazine were distributed in the New York Times education section.
The Spectator, written and photographed entirely by students, contains articles, poetry and personal photos. The work enabled the students to express their thoughts and emotions about the attacks and how it has shaped their lives.
"There has been a lot of coverage of the attack, our evacuation and displacement, but nothing with the voice of youth," notes Jeff Orlowski, Stuyvesant High School senior and editor-in-chief of The Spectator. "We wanted to reach a wider audience with our own words and images, in a way people could hold and keep."
The students found their publishing forum via the Times' "Newspaper in Education" program, and then asked for help during the American Magazine Conference in New York, a move that netted the printer, Donnelley, and paper supplier, Stora Enso.
"This was such a special request from kids who had been through so much. Clearly, it was the right thing to do," states Francis R. Costello, president of Magazine Publishing Services for Donnelley. "When these gifted students, with a powerful story to tell, asked for help in sharing their experience through the printed word, we were happy to do anything we could."