“Kids Standard Publication is a group of parents, students, teachers and volunteers with the staff and Board of Director’s at the core of its leadership. We have a group of highly experienced and passionate members at the Board of Directors, who are committed to continuous improvements and success of the organization’s activities.
Kids Standard Publication is a non-profit corporation set up in Michigan, where our main activity is the publication of Monthly Magazine (Kids Standard Publication) for children; written by children themselves. This is an arena for children who wish to expand their creativity and share their ideas with other children.
Our magazine was first introduced in Central New York, where the first few issues itself got wide acceptance among the children, and it soon won the heart of teachers and parents alike. This great success gave us more confidence and enthusiasm to persist in our initiative. We hope you will support us in our endeavour, to bring the magazine to all the creative minds in Michigan.
Our Goal: Circulate our magazine to every household in Michigan, to encourage and enhance the talents of every young writer, and to serve as a valuable educational resource for kids, parents and teachers”.
Maggie Razdar’s story:
Maggie Razdar, founder and President of Kids Standard Publication, is passionate about inspiring children to succeed in life. She felt that the children were losing touch with activities like reading, writing and research, due to the obsessive influence of digital technology in our daily life.
In 2009, she launched Kids Standard Publication in Syracuse, New York. In 2011, Razdar moved to Clarkston, Michigan, where she shared the publication with the community. And in 2015, she began working with the local school, providing students with the opportunity to publish their works in the publication. The magazine was first released in March, 2015, and the non-profit organization received outstanding feedback from parents, teachers, student and professionals.
“Even more important than the writing” says Razdar, “is the process of doing research, learning and thinking to become a good writer.”
Maggie’s educational background includes a degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Apart from this she has studied Metaphysical Science and holds a number of business and technical certifications.
Razdar is an active member of Optimist International – an organization that aims to bring out the best in children. She also belongs to The National Association of Professional Women.
As an accomplished business owner, Maggie daily motivates hundreds of employees with great success. She was recognized in ‘The Elite Who’s Who!’ in 2000. Razdar received ‘The Outstanding Female Business Owner’ award in recognition of her ability to help others achieve excellence and strong leadership skills.
She believes that her greatest achievement in life is her two sons, who are currently students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. They sparked her desire to establish this non-profit organization, which aims at the welfare and development of children.
Arina Bokas’ story:
Arina Bokas, Ph.D., is the Editor and a Vice President of Kids’ Standard Magazine. She is a faculty member in the department of English at Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan, where she has been teaching writing for the last 8 years. She is a writer and a co-writer of a number of education-related publications and author of “Building Powerful Learning Environments: From Schools to Communities” – a book, focused on creating a new canvas for learning that incorporates multiple learning providers, including families. Arina was a presenter at Harvard’s CASIE/Project Zero conferences. She also serves on Michigan PTA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.
Arina became the editor of Kids’ Standard Magazine because, in her own words, “good written communication is likely the most critical 21st century skill, no matter the field, and it is exactly what many children lack.
Recently, I encountered the disturbing statistic that merely 1% of America’s high school seniors can write a clear, persuasive paper. As a college English instructor, I can relate. In the Digital Era, when communication relies heavily on writing, everyone must be able to write clear and concise emails and to differentiate between platitudes and substance for his or her point of view to be heard and valued.
There’s no substitute for writing other than writing. Writing ignites thinking, touches hearts, promotes reflections and personal growth, nurtures relationships, and helps children to become independent thinkers and learners.
As an educator and a parent, I would like to see parents and schools work together to create meaningful learning experiences for children. This starts with understanding and sharing.
I believe that Kids Standard provides an incredible meeting place for parents, educators, and children that, though writing, will help us to grow into a culture of thinking, collaboration, trust, integrity, and a shared responsibility for the world around us and everyone in it.”
Janny Hurkmans’s story:
Janny Hurkmans is one of Kids’ Standard’s board member. She enthusiastically works in the areas of student relations and parent-teacher engagement. Janny’s enthusiasm toward children and education is a vital to her success with Kids Standard!
Hurkmans was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she worked as a teacher prior to coming to the United States. She and her husband are proud parents of 3 college students. Hurkmans resides in Lake Orion with her husband.