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In the minds of our community’s young

A note from a 9 year-old made a big difference for me last week in a way that will impact the Ennis Daily News.
Christopher Cohan, 9, of Ennis, got me thinking about how this community stays involved in its newspaper by sending me that note.

Not quite a letter to the editor, but it was great to hear from him.
That community involvement — be it submitted news and events or feedback — is a vital part of what we do here.

One of the fine ladies who works for me here in the newsroom helping build pages on a daily basis, Cohan’s grandmother, brought me a handwritten note that shows the budding writing skills of a young journalist.

He told me a great story. He and friends were out looking for fun and found it with each other in the simple act of being together.

I’d like to thank you, Christopher. First, I don’t hear from the youngest writers around much, and it was truly a pleasure. Second, given a few more years of practice with your writing skills, you just might find yourself working for a newspaper, if that’s something you’re interested in. You never know what can happen.

Funny how a youngster can warm the heart as much or more than any adult we know. This was my first such note from a member of the community as young as Christopher, though I have received missives from students at the high school before, such as one from a debate team member after a column I wrote back in May that extolled the virtues of being a part of an intellectual sport like debate and public speaking.

We regularly hear from the more seasoned veterans of Ennis’ myriad community and civic groups, school officials, city government and city program spokespeople and the like. We just don’t hear from children as much, and they’re as important a part of this community as any other group — heck, look at the size of our school district in relation to the rest of the city’s employers and it paints a clear picture just how important children are to the livelihood of the city.

The note got the wheels turning over here on a project we’d like to work on for the coming school year.

We’ll be sending out a proposal to the teachers of Ennis High School around the time school starts, and hopefully, we’re going to expand our coverage here in Ennis this fall with a new feature that gives Ennis Daily News subscribers a peek into the lives and minds of our community’s young, talented writers.

Their names could become old hat as regulars here at the EDN in the future. Like I said to Christopher, you never know what can happen.

Nick Todaro is the editor of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached — by adults and children alike — at nick@ennisdailynews.com.

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