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State Honoree

Jason Crowe


Jason Crowe, 11, a home-schooled child from Newburgh, Indiana, created a neighborhood newspaper "by kids and for kids" in memory of his grandmother, who had recently lost her battle with cancer. "Besides earning money for a cure for cancer, I wanted my paper to give kids a chance to see their stories and drawings published because I thought this would build their self­ esteem," said Jason. With his parents' help, Jason wrote and designed a prototype, knocked on doors and wrote countless letters to recruit stories and sell subscriptions. Interest in his newspaper has grown, and Jason now has subscribers in 17 states and 3 foreign countries. Jason donated $70 to the American Cancer Society last year, and expects to donate nearly $100 this year, all profit from his newspaper. In addition, Jason used his newspaper to spread the word about a cellist from Sarajevo who was trying to encourage an end to war through the harmony of his music. Jason's story was picked up by the Associated Press. He has since helped to coordinate a fund-raising cello concert in Indiana and is commissioning a statue of the cellist to send to Bosnia to "tell the world that one person can make a difference."