March 2015
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Listen To Your Mother! Never Hand in Your First Draft!

Mother's Day is right around the corner! Why not celebrate that special May 10th at the Barrymore Theater with the 6th annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (LTYM) show. Each year, all LTYM cities choose a local non-profit cause. About 10% of proceeds from this year's show will benefit Simpson Street Free Press. This is the 6th annual LTYM Madison show, and Simpson Street Free Press is honored to be recognized at this year's show. [Read More]
Tickets for LTYM on Sale Now - Buy Them Here

SSFP Staff Present at National Conference in Washington

Simpson Street Free Press (SSFP) was a featured presenter at the Afterschool for All Challenge Conference in Washington, D.C. March 8-11.  [Read More]

Janesville Free Press Coming Soon to Rock County

The Janesville school district is working with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to install SSFP curriculum at after-school sites in Rock County. [Read More]

La Prensa Is Now a Permanent Part of Our Community

The Wisconsin Idea/La Prensa project has completed its pilot phase and is now a permanent component in the SSFP menu of after-school programs. SSFP continues to carefully collect data related to school performance for La Prensa students. The success so far of the La Prensa pilot project mirrors previous SSFP success in south and southeast Madison neighborhoods. [Read More]

College Writing Conference Features SSFP Writers

SSFP teacher and editor Mckenna Kohlenberg is also the president of UW-Madison’s Madison Undergraduate Society for English (MUSE). MUSE recently organized the third annual undergraduate conference on the Humanities, Literati. For the first time in Literati history, the university-level conference featured a panel of Madison high school students. During this ‘Young Authors of Promise’ panel, SSFP student writers and teen editors Selin Gok, Ali Khan, and Robin Mwai presented their impressive creative works. [Read More]

Calling All Volunteers!

We are currently seeking volunteers to join our wonderful after-school editing team.

Our volunteers edit one-on-one with Free Press student writers at our South Towne site Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Volunteer editors also work at our Capital Newspapers site Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm. We encourage both English and Spanish speakers at both sites. If interested, please contact our editorial staff at or call our office at (608) 223-0489. We look forward to hearing from you!

SSFP in the News

Voz Latina 
Badger Herald
Wisconsin State Journal

Never hand in your first draft!
Poaching May Bring
End to Toucans

by Wendolee Miranda, age 12
Wright Free Press

Toucans are vibrant and colorful birds. These beautiful creatures are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. [Read More]
A Star is Born…Millions of Years Later

by Dija Manly, age 14
La Prensa
Stars usually take tens of millions of years simply to be born. While this may seem like a long time to us, it is actually relatively short in astronomical terms.
[Read More]

Scientists Call Diabetes Breakthrough a “Game Changer”

by Umer Sohail, age 14

After decades without solutions, researchers may have developed a cure for type 1 diabetes. Recently, studies successfully converted stem cells into insulin-producing cells, and in sufficient quantities for transplantation, thus offering glimmers of hope to those battling this disease.
[Read More]

Boom, Clap! Thunderstorms Can Be Deadly

by Irmuun Choijantsan,
age 10
. Falk Free Press

Across the Earth, thunderstorms happen at least once a day. Some of these storms are so strong that they can demolish entire buildings. [Read More]
Planets Show Astronomical Differences in Size

by Samuel Garuño, age 7
Glendale Free Press

Our solar system has eight planets that gracefully orbit the Sun. All of these planets have unique features, especially the four largest—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. [Read More]
Could Origami Really Save Our Nation Millions? 

by Enjoyiana Nururdin,
age 16, SSFP

In order to save money, scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) are currently working to compress the size of solar panels, which are typically bulky and hard to transport. To do so, they have turned to a unique solution: origami. [Read More]
Doctors Reach Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research

by Lucy Ji, age 17

As medical technology continues to advance, scientists are excited to announce that they may soon have the ability to create human organs from stem cells. Currently, teams are focusing on fabricating human livers. [Read More]
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