Dear Mr. President... America's Youth Shares Their Thoughts:

Education, Crime and Violence, World Peace, and Poverty Rate Among Top Issues



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Winslow Press

    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- More than
 6,500 children took an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, hopes,
 and fears with President Bush as part of a national letter writing campaign
 sponsored by Winslow Press, FamilyPC Magazine, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers
 that was part of the launch of Winslow's new American history series, Dear Mr.
 President(TM).  It is evident from the letters that today's youth, while
 hopeful, shoulder a lot of concerns.
     The letters -- either written or emailed -- came from children in 38
 states, ages 8 to 15, and included suburban, rural, and city communities.  The
 majority of kids shared their worries, many of which were also their parents
 concerns too. Major concerns that were mentioned in 88% of the letters were:
 education, the environment, poverty, crime and violence, world peace, and
 taxes.  Almost 20% of the letters had a local focus with regional
 issues -- half of the letters from California mentioned energy issues.  Other
 area concerns include play- grounds, bus safety, and local activities.
     Some kids used the correspondence as an opportunity to offer suggestions
 such as one girl from Ohio (age 11) who suggests, "You should put the D.A.R.E.
 program in schools all around the country."  Kids also showed deep compassion
 for the hungry and the homeless, many offering old clothes, toys, and books.
 Universally the children expressed hope, fondness and respect for the office
 of the President and Mr. Bush.  There were even some who offered advice like
 Ricky, a ten year old from New York, "I hope you like broccoli -- even though
 your father doesn't like it you should eat it because it is good for you."
     "It is refreshing to read the wonderful letters and emails from children
 who have good ideas, bright hopes, and faith," said Lauren Wohl, Vice
 President of Marketing for Winslow Press.  "Our campaign, like the new books
 in the Dear Mr. President series, was intended to give kids a forum to be
 heard and we are thrilled they seized the opportunity."
     "FamilyPC helps families get and stay connected.  We were thrilled to
 sponsor a promotion that allowed kids to use the internet to be heard and
 connected to politics," said Robin Raskin, Editor-in-Chief of FamilyPC.
     Participating children who joined the campaign by writing or emailing the
 President were automatically entered into a random drawing to win
 subscriptions to FamilyPC, free copies of Dear Mr. President books, Barnes &
 Noble gift certificates, and one grand-prize winner receives a trip to
 Washington, D.C.  A select number of letters will be printed on the Winslow
 website, FamilyPC website and the June issue of FamilyPC.
     The grand prize will be awarded to eleven year-old Ahmed Siddiqi, a sixth
 grader at Staten Island Academy in New York.  Ahmed's letter expressed his
 concerns such as violence all over the world and the flaws in the education
 system with standardized testing.  For each worry or concern, he offered
 suggestions for fixing the problems and commends President Bush on his idea of
 providing funding for social welfare programs.
     When asked why he joined the Dear Mr. President letter writing campaign
 Ahmed explained, "I think the President should know what all the people are
 thinking -- even the kids.  It's a hard job and maybe some ideas could help
 him do a better job and know that people like his ideas."
     Dear Mr. President is a ground-breaking American history series for
 readers 9 - 12 years old.  The series brings American history alive through
 fictitious correspondence between a president of the United States and a young
 person of the times.  The letter format of the books coupled with the new
 interactive footnotes which direct readers to various web-sites for more
 information, allows the reader to "meet" a president and learn just what it
 was like to live during the historical period of his time in office.
 
     Winslow Press is the first publisher to connect the magic of a book with
 the wonder of the Web after placing first -- and foremost -- the book in the
 child's hand.  As the publishing arm of The Foundation for Concepts in
 Education, Inc., which was established in 1996, Winslow Press was launched in
 1998 with the mission to foster the development of the creative thought
 process while integrating the latest technology into the lives of children
 everywhere.  Winslow Press provides an educational enrichment for each and
 every one of its books at http://www.winslowpress.com.
 
     FamilyPC is the only parenting magazine that focuses on how to enjoy the
 advantages of a connected family by harnessing technology and the Internet.
 It keeps readers a step ahead of the first generation of digital kids.
 Founded in 1994, FamilyPC is currently the fastest-growing family magazine,
 reaching an audience of 2.3 million of the most affluent and influential
 families.
 
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SOURCE Winslow Press
    NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- More than
 6,500 children took an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, hopes,
 and fears with President Bush as part of a national letter writing campaign
 sponsored by Winslow Press, FamilyPC Magazine, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers
 that was part of the launch of Winslow's new American history series, Dear Mr.
 President(TM).  It is evident from the letters that today's youth, while
 hopeful, shoulder a lot of concerns.
     The letters -- either written or emailed -- came from children in 38
 states, ages 8 to 15, and included suburban, rural, and city communities.  The
 majority of kids shared their worries, many of which were also their parents
 concerns too. Major concerns that were mentioned in 88% of the letters were:
 education, the environment, poverty, crime and violence, world peace, and
 taxes.  Almost 20% of the letters had a local focus with regional
 issues -- half of the letters from California mentioned energy issues.  Other
 area concerns include play- grounds, bus safety, and local activities.
     Some kids used the correspondence as an opportunity to offer suggestions
 such as one girl from Ohio (age 11) who suggests, "You should put the D.A.R.E.
 program in schools all around the country."  Kids also showed deep compassion
 for the hungry and the homeless, many offering old clothes, toys, and books.
 Universally the children expressed hope, fondness and respect for the office
 of the President and Mr. Bush.  There were even some who offered advice like
 Ricky, a ten year old from New York, "I hope you like broccoli -- even though
 your father doesn't like it you should eat it because it is good for you."
     "It is refreshing to read the wonderful letters and emails from children
 who have good ideas, bright hopes, and faith," said Lauren Wohl, Vice
 President of Marketing for Winslow Press.  "Our campaign, like the new books
 in the Dear Mr. President series, was intended to give kids a forum to be
 heard and we are thrilled they seized the opportunity."
     "FamilyPC helps families get and stay connected.  We were thrilled to
 sponsor a promotion that allowed kids to use the internet to be heard and
 connected to politics," said Robin Raskin, Editor-in-Chief of FamilyPC.
     Participating children who joined the campaign by writing or emailing the
 President were automatically entered into a random drawing to win
 subscriptions to FamilyPC, free copies of Dear Mr. President books, Barnes &
 Noble gift certificates, and one grand-prize winner receives a trip to
 Washington, D.C.  A select number of letters will be printed on the Winslow
 website, FamilyPC website and the June issue of FamilyPC.
     The grand prize will be awarded to eleven year-old Ahmed Siddiqi, a sixth
 grader at Staten Island Academy in New York.  Ahmed's letter expressed his
 concerns such as violence all over the world and the flaws in the education
 system with standardized testing.  For each worry or concern, he offered
 suggestions for fixing the problems and commends President Bush on his idea of
 providing funding for social welfare programs.
     When asked why he joined the Dear Mr. President letter writing campaign
 Ahmed explained, "I think the President should know what all the people are
 thinking -- even the kids.  It's a hard job and maybe some ideas could help
 him do a better job and know that people like his ideas."
     Dear Mr. President is a ground-breaking American history series for
 readers 9 - 12 years old.  The series brings American history alive through
 fictitious correspondence between a president of the United States and a young
 person of the times.  The letter format of the books coupled with the new
 interactive footnotes which direct readers to various web-sites for more
 information, allows the reader to "meet" a president and learn just what it
 was like to live during the historical period of his time in office.
 
     Winslow Press is the first publisher to connect the magic of a book with
 the wonder of the Web after placing first -- and foremost -- the book in the
 child's hand.  As the publishing arm of The Foundation for Concepts in
 Education, Inc., which was established in 1996, Winslow Press was launched in
 1998 with the mission to foster the development of the creative thought
 process while integrating the latest technology into the lives of children
 everywhere.  Winslow Press provides an educational enrichment for each and
 every one of its books at http://www.winslowpress.com.
 
     FamilyPC is the only parenting magazine that focuses on how to enjoy the
 advantages of a connected family by harnessing technology and the Internet.
 It keeps readers a step ahead of the first generation of digital kids.
 Founded in 1994, FamilyPC is currently the fastest-growing family magazine,
 reaching an audience of 2.3 million of the most affluent and influential
 families.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X73546222
 
 SOURCE  Winslow Press