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After school program celebrates 20 years

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An after school program that uses journalism to teach middle and high school students practical academic skills is celebrating 20 years in Dane County.

Simpson Street Free Press is opening more of its newsrooms to bring the program to more students.

And it's now to the point that former students are returning to help run the program.

"What I like most about working at the SSFP is teaching the kids writing, critical thinking, professional skills, all the things I learned that helped me as a student, I give back to the kids," said Deidre Green, SSFP Managing Editor and UW student.

"Across the country, communities look for ways to engage young people in civic life and foster student achievement. This is a way we can do it. This is a home-grown Madison way," said executive director James Kramer.

Students between 11 and 18 years-old research and write stories for the newspaper, which is published 2 to 3 times a year.

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