5/2/06 Contact: Victoria Santos, 334/844-7186 (santovr@auburn.edu)
David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)


AUBURN - The Arrowhead, the first student-produced newspaper for Loachapoka schools and the surrounding community, will be celebrated with a launch party on Friday, May 5, in Tichenor Hall, from 2 - 4 p.m., in the third-floor library.

The inaugural edition of The Arrowhead is a culmination of three years of building the Tiger/Cub Program, a partnership between the Auburn University journalism program and students at Loachapoka.

“We hope it is just the beginning for establishing a regularly published newspaper for the school and community,” said Nan Fairley, an AU associate professor of communication and journalism.

LHS Cubs and the newest members of the writing squad, sixth and seventh graders in the after-school Young Cub program, wrote stories and took photos featured in the first edition.

Loachapoka Principal Jim Wilkerson said, “The partnership between Auburn University and Loachapoka High School is one that will lead the students into the future with confidence.
The Loachapoka students involved in this project see themselves as part of something very special and are excited and thankful to have the opportunity. The paper is proof that the partnership is working.”

The Tiger/Cub program at LHS was started by AU instructor Trish O’Kane and continues today under the direction of AU’s Jessica Armstrong, who works closely with Loachapoka teacher Lesleigh Golson.

“Our Friday event will be a real reason to celebrate the accomplishments of the students at both Loachapoka and Auburn University. Their partnership produced The Arrowhead and many other life lessons,” Armstrong said.

Assisting Loachapoka Cubs and Young Cubs as writing and production mentors were AU Tigers from a feature writing and community journalism class. The Young Cubs also worked with Loachapoka teacher Cathy Jones.

Jean Madden, director of Loachapoka’s after-school program, and Deborah McCord of the AU Truman Pierce Institute, provided opportunities to introduce journalism as an after school enrichment activity.

Community journalism students will start the Friday program with a one-hour workshop on how to keep the newspaper going, and the unveiling of the newspaper will be at 3 p.m.

In addition to picking up copies of the newspaper to take home to distribute, the Loachapoka Cubs will also receive a training manual designed by AU students Matt Strother and Jessica Otwell.

Throughout the spring semester, AU journalism senior Katie Brumbeloe served as a mentor to seventh grade students in the after school program and designed the first edition.
The Tiger/Cub program is part of an effort initiated by Fairley and Dale Harrison. The Alabama Press Association Foundation provides support for the program.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Victoria Santos. Photos are available upon request.)

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