These soon-to-be fifth graders achieved policy change with their in-depth investigative reporting.
Henry and Henriet James were unhappy with their school's lunch policy at North Elementary School in Somerset, Massachusetts that kept students apart by gender in the cafeteria. Henriet told ABC News, “Boys and girls couldn’t sit together...It was separating people.” The twins proposed the idea of writing an article about it for their school newspaper. They got the go-ahead from the fourth grade newspaper advisor and began their investigative journalism.
The twins spent five weeks interviewing students, teachers, and even the principal for the article. Henry told ABC, "It took us a while to get all the ideas and type them down in a way that made sense.” Henriet added, “The hardest part was finding the ideas and making them interesting in a way that people would want to read the article.” Their endeavor was definitely a success, because the article was published in the school newspaper in June, and the school decided to change the same-sex lunch seating policy! If only the US government worked this quickly.
These kids know how to get sh*t done. It's safe to say that Henry and Henriet are going to rule their 5th grade newspaper club. May their story inspire you to follow your dreams and question authority, even if those dreams are to eat pizza for lunch every day without the judgment of your co-workers.