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Reviving the Willow

By Jamie Albert

In honor of the revival of the Holy Child school newspaper, The Willow, it seemed suitable to outline the history of this beloved newspaper. The Willow was originally named after a large willow tree which grew on campus and was loved by the Holy Child community. This tree was a popular spot for students to congregate where they would study, socialize, and enjoy the beautiful weather during Cherry Blossom season.

The Willow
The wind's in the Willow whispering God's word.
Floating around just waiting to be heard.
All we have to do is listen carefully for His song.
And we shouldn't have to wait too long.
And when we all go our separate ways,
We'll remember those happy happy days.
And in those memories will be Holy Child and the Willow tree.
Remember me that day.
The sun is on the Willow. The leaves are glowing green.
The beauty lies there just waiting to be seen.
All we have to do is open wide our eyes to the world.
And the new leaf of our lives will be unfurled.
And when we all go our separate ways,
We'll remember those happy happy days.
And in those memories will be Holy Child and the Willow tree.
Remember me that day.

(1994 Winter edition of The Willow)

For the first year of the newspaper revival, Mrs. Dolan decided the staff members would work collectively to create issues of the paper, then establish leadership roles next year once the newspaper had its footing. Members Annie Martin and Jamie Albert designed the layout for the website as well as chose their own personal articles to write. Each girl chose to write about a topic that interests her most or that she thought would be a unique writing experience for her. The staff has decided to start small and release two issues, including this one, before the end of the school year. However, by next year, they hope to release two issues each semester. The Willow will be available through the Holy Child website as well as Veracross. The staff hopes to expand upon each issue, by increasing the number of articles, as well as the diversity of them.

Mrs. Dolan expressed her excitement for how the students will make this newspaper their own; they will not have to follow a path or a certain structure, but they will personalize the revised Willow. Junior, Annie Martin is ecstatic to be involved with a school newspaper, as she plans to go into journalism in college. The staff is extremely excited for the revival of The Willow and hopes to expand the staff as well as the number of articles to be published next year. If you think you are interested, or wish to join the paper, please contact Mrs. Dolan.