Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 3, 2014

Apple Magazines seek community support

The Collaborative for Regional Educational Service and Training is rounding up support and backing for its regional youth literary and arts publications known as Apple Magazines.

Apple Magazines provide five opportunities each year for Merrimack Valley students to showcase their artistic and literary talents. There are two biannual magazines — AppleSeed for grades three to five and AppleSauce for grades six to eight — and the annual ApplePi publication for grades nine to 12. All are aimed at giving students from Andover as well as Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill and Boxford a voice.

Last year, more than 2,247 students from almost every participating school submitted either art or literary works to be considered for publication. Published students are invited to the magazines’ launch nights, where they have the chance to read their literary pieces or share the inspiration behind their artwork with teachers, principals, parents, family members and peers.

The enrichment program started in 1985 by the board of directors of the nonprofit Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative, now known as CREST. Organizers say the power of encouragement, affirmation, recognition and public awareness is critical to the development of a child. The program receives support from the Lawrence and Methuen cultural councils, parents and PTO organizations, the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club and the Greater Lawrence Rotary Club.

To learn more about making a donation or volunteering for the program, contact enrichment director Kristen Hollenbeck at 978-946-0121 or

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