Building stories on Fridays

March 29, 2019


David Kim

These fourth graders love to create graphics and videos for The Villano View.

The Villano View, the student-run online newspaper club at Patrick M. Villano School, is gaining popularity.

“It is a really good thing to spend time on Fridays,” fifth-grader Ivan Jacob said. “You could make fun stuff like stories to entertain people.”

The club meets every other Friday from after school until 4 p.m. Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 may attend. This year, 61 students are on the roster.

“I think it lets students like write stories they want and helps them learn how to write better,” fourth-grader Sal Calafiore said.

“I would say The Villano View is a place where students get to know what it is as a news reporter,” fourth-grader Louis Yacono said.

Adviser April Catuogno used to be a newspaper and television reporter. She teaches interviewing skills so that students’ voices can be used in each story.

“I love the energy of this room on a Friday afternoon,” Catuogno said. “It’s amazing to see elementary students generate such interesting story ideas.”

Catuogno and the students are looking forward to their end-of-year field trip which is at High Exposure in Northvale. The rock-climbing studio gives students a chance to play together after working together so hard all year, Catuogno explained.


3 Responses to “Building stories on Fridays”

  1. Ivan on April 1st, 2019 5:02 pm

    Great job!

  2. Ben on May 10th, 2019 3:32 pm

    Good job, David!

  3. Joshua on December 19th, 2019 9:02 pm


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