Hi! I’m Harley, writer of the monthly Kidz Korner column. This article is the fiftieth Kidz Korner article in this newspaper. That means that for four years and two months, an experience has been formed, crafted into words, and shaped into an article. Sometimes, the task of writing seems daunting, frustrating, or like impending doom. However, the end result is always great and rewarding. A little work goes a long way!
Also, when the humongous envelope arrives in the mail, it brings me and others joy to read it. Every month is about a different topic, with as much information, clarity, and humor as can fit into 300 words. It takes determination, perseverance, and God’s help to help bring Jesus to people.
Writing these articles combined with experiences in American Heritage Girls (A faith-based scouting program for girls ages 5-18) has three young girls and me to begin a monthly newsletter for our Troop. We’ve completed three editions so far, and each edition consists of roughly ten pages, including multiple articles, pictures, a comic strip, interviews, and more.
It’s called the AHGazette, to combine AHG (American Heritage Girls) and the word gazette, a fancy term for a newspaper. We had the idea at a camping trip in February, and to commemorate our third edition in April, we all carpooled and celebrated at Chick-fil-A before our Troop meeting on Monday evening. It was enjoyable to munch our food and discuss topics such as siblings, but the best part was the playground. I haven’t played on a Chick-fil-A playground in years, so it was claustrophobic, and it’s my fault that I bruised my thumb badly.
I hope that at least 50 more Kidz Korner articles will be written! With summer coming up, there will be lots of time to write articles, enjoy activities, and explore this great earth. I’m attending multiple camps, including my church’s middle school retreat, a week-long American Heritage Girls overnight summer camp with opportunities to earn badges, and a popular Christian camp in New York called Mapleridge Ranch.
Mapleridge Ranch has multiple weeks to choose from, with activities like horseback riding, paintball, and climbing a 50 foot-tall tower! Check out their website at mapleridgeranch.com, and be sure to check out my published articles and additional unpublished works at harleyisabelsmith.com. Goodbye! I hope we’ll see you again next month for entertainment and education!
Harley Isabel Smith is a 5th grader who has been featured on TV as a philanthropist, has a heart for evangelism, and writes monthly for the Gazettes Kidz Corner. Visit online at https://harleyisabelsmith.com where she is constantly adding written and video content to entertain and educate children. Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”