“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 Organization, 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 to bring the magazine to all the creative minds in Michigan.
Our Goal: Circulate our magazine to every household, 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, the founder and President of Kids Standard Publication, is passionate about inspiring children to succeed in areas of their interest.
When her two boys were in a middle school in Syracuse, New York, Razdar felt that many children started to lose touch with reading, writing, and researching, due to the obsessive influence of digital technology. To offset this influence, in 2009, she launched Kids Standard Publication, which quickly became very successful. In 2011, Razdar’s family moved to Clarkston, Michigan, where she began working with local schools to provide students with the opportunity to share their voices in her publication.
The first Michigan-based issue of the magazine was released in March of 2015, and it immediately received outstanding feedback from parents, teachers, students, and local professionals.
“Even more important than writing itself,” says Razdar, “is the process of doing research, learning, and thinking, which develops dispositions of a good writer.”
Maggie’s educational background includes a degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She also studied Metaphysical Science and holds a number of business and technical certifications.
Razdar is an active member of many local organizations. She also belongs to The National Association of Professional Women.
As an accomplished business owner, Maggie inspires hundreds of people with her great success. In 2000, she was recognized in ‘The Elite Who’s Who!’ and received ‘The Outstanding Female Business Owner’ award in recognition of her ability to help others achieve excellence and strong leadership skills.
Despite her professional achievement, Razdar’s greatest achievement 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 improving well-being and development of all children.
Arina Bokas’ story:
Arina Bokas, Ph.D., is the Editor and 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 9 years.
She is the 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 and community-based organizations. She authored and co-authored dozens of education-related publications and presented at the Harvard University’s CASIE/Project Zero and many other conferences for educators nationally and internationally. She also serves on the Michigan PTA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.
Bokas is a holder of multiple degrees and certifications: Ph.D. (Philology); M.A. (English); B.A. and M.A. (Russian Language, Literature, and History); M.S.A. Graduate Certificate (International Administration). In 2016, she received the Friend of Education award from Michigan Education Association. In 2014, Michigan PTA recognized her with the Distinguished Service Award.
Bokas, who is also a mother of two children, 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 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.”
Elizabeth Crenshaw – Vice President
I have always wanted to make the world a better place for the sake of the greater good, and I have always had a passion for giving back to the community. With my educational background in Engineering, Communications, and Health and Wellness, I am used to wearing many hats and knowing a little bit of everything which can go a long way. In the nonprofit sector, it is normal to juggle many tasks and assignments at once. Due to my background and life experiences, I have developed skill sets needed to reach and influence the youth. I can be a role model for the youth and can relate to the struggles they face since I understand the dynamic of the city.
As a Vice President of Kids Standard I am excited to be working with this group and the community of Youth!
I am also a Yoga Instructor in my own business called Yak Town Yoga.
Rosalyn Peterson’ story:
Rosalyn is a member of the Board of Directors of Believe in Syracuse. She also chairs Believe in Syracuse’s Marketing/Development Committee. Rosalyn studied Marketing at Nichols College and received a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University. She was employed as a Senior Administrator at Syracuse University. Rosalyn is the owner of a catering business called Comfort Foods and a Grocery Delivery business called The Basics. Rosalyn lives in the Salt Springs neighborhood in the City of Syracuse.
Regina started in education as a Teaching Assistant during her 4 1/2 years of undergraduate learning at Michigan State University. After the completion of her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science, Regina began teaching at Pontiac Northern High School as a math instructor for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Shortly after teaching at the secondary level, Regina was introduced to a marketing opportunity. Her journey began in Marketing and she has since had over 16 years of marketing experience with over 5 years of health care experience. She has not left her commitment to youth untouched. She currently volunteers in the youth department at her church to help mold and mentor youth to fulfill their purpose and destiny. She is currently is employed with Lourdes Senior Community as the Marketing and Sales Coordinator where she provides marketing exposure for the entire health care continuum consisting of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Long-term care, and an Institute that is design to support the caregiver of seniors. Her love for education, children and seniors has caused her to proactively incorporate programs and events that bring both seniors and children together on her beautiful lakefront senior community.
Regina brings that creative thinking to Kid’s Standard that is needed to take the involved students into unique atmosphere to promote creative writing with confidence. Writing is a form of expression that will not be ignored with Kid’s Standard, and Regina enjoys her involvement in a program that develops, critiques, and matures the writing styles of the students involved.
Sandra L. Ritter
As a former Oakland County Community College Trustee, she served on the Board of Trustees for 36 years. During her tenure, she was elected to serve on two national boards representing Community College concerns, the American Association of Community Colleges and Association of Community College Trustees, and was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 1989 ACCT Ensign Award.
Currently, Sandra serves as an appointed member of the Senior Advisory Council, Independence Township Parks and Recreation & Seniors.
Education: BA (History) U of M; MA (History) U of D; postgraduate studies in Higher Education Administration, U of M; postgraduate studies in leadership, MSU.
Resides in Clarkston
Becoming involved with Kids Standard has given me the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for helping to build a community of learners. KS activities are designed to motivate, activate and celebrate students as valuable individuals that have a voice that must be heard while providing experiences that foster mutual respect.
As co-chair of the Pontiac and Oakland University College-Readiness Initiative. I work with Oakland County Literacy Council to support growth in reading and writing. My collaborative efforts promote writing, mentoring, and volunteering in participating school districts. My studies at Harvard University on Redesigning High Schools for Improved Instruction and Systemic learning have proven to be an influence on student contributions in writing and publishing. I work diligently to preserve and share common goals for sustainability in the future of our children through Kids Standard Magazine initiatives. I am committed to engaging in the growth of Kids Standard Magazine programs and projects