2013-12-27 / Community

Creamer Makes Coolest List

By Dan Guarino


Ariel Creamer, voted one of the 8 Coolest Kids We Met In 2013 by Scholastic editors, shares a Rockaway message. Photo by Tim Soter, Scholastic Inc. Ariel Creamer, voted one of the 8 Coolest Kids We Met In 2013 by Scholastic editors, shares a Rockaway message. Photo by Tim Soter, Scholastic Inc. It’s official. Ariel Creamer is one of the coolest people of 2013.

The editors of Scholastic News just announced their list of the 8 Coolest Kids We Met in 2013, and Rockaway’s Ariel Creamer is on it.

Scholastic Corporate Communications spokesperson Kristen Joerger explained the list, their first ever, is “a roundup of the most inspiring, courageous, and innovative kids featured in the magazines this year. Their stories were published in Scholastic News – Grade 3, Junior Scholastic, Science World, The New York Times Upfront, Storyworks, and Choices.”

“When her New York City community was devastated by the storm, one girl decided to help rebuild hope,” reporter Lauren Tarshis originally wrote about Creamer in Storyworks magazine.

The full page article, “Surviving Sandy,” appeared in the September, 2013 issue of Storyworks magazine, published by Scholastic Inc.

According to

Kroeger, “There were dozens of kids interviewed and featured in the magazines during 2013, but these kids were chosen by the editors as those whose stories really resonated with them. They were, in the opinion of our editors, the most inspiring, coura- geous, and innovative students featured this year.”

In announcing the results, Scholastic noted, “Ariel, 14, lives half a block from the ocean and had to evacuate her home during Hurricane Sandy last year. Their home made it through the storm with heavy damage, but many of their friends and neighbors lost everything. Ariel started a Facebook page called Survivors Silver Lining and started matching kids and families who had lost clothing, household items, toys, and books with donors who were willing to help them. She has now helped hundreds of people replace things that they lost in the storm and continues to match those in need with resources.”

Scholastic was founded in 1920. “We’re 93 years old!” says Kroeger. The company’s first publication was a classroom magazine called The Western Pennsylvania Scholastic. Scholastic News and Junior Scholastic magazines followed shortly thereafter.

Among other honors, Creamer was recognized as a Champion of Change in a special White House ceremony in April.

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