Often the easiest way to break into the opinion pages is with letters-to-the-editor. In many cases, letters are your best shot at getting published, if only because newspapers print more letters than op-eds each day. And letters-to-the-editor are widely read and well worth submitting. Letters-to-the-editor pages differ from newspaper to newspaper in significant ways. You'll need to take a look at your own newspaper to get a feel for what they do and don't publish. View a sample letter-to-the-editor and write your own using these tips:
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
312 Elm Street
Rivertowne, OH 45202
To the Editor:
Just in time for the new school year, Stevens Middle School has answered the pleas of local families by providing an affordable, quality afterschool program for students in grades six to eight. The demand for supervised afterschool programs is great. More than 28 million school-age children have either their only parent or both parents working outside the home, and 15.1 million "latchkey children" go home after school each day to a house with no adult supervision, and without the opportunities to learn that afterschool programs can provide.
The juvenile crime rate triples between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., with violent crimes by juveniles peaking between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - the hour at the end of the school day. Why? In part because an increasing number of our children are unsupervised during these late afternoon hours, while parents are at work. What these children need is supervision that will keep them safe and out of trouble.
Afterschool programs provide that needed alternative, while helping children with their studies and providing a range of enrichment activities. Just For Kids provides three hours of supervised afterschool activities, including homework assistance, arts and crafts, and recreation. Rivertowne Student Success is proud to take a leadership role in the burgeoning afterschool movement, and excited about the chance to provide our children with a positive afternoon alternative to the streets.
Director, Rivertowne Student Success