The Junior Dispatch is a website run by The York Dispatch and offers news, photos and videos for young readers. It also accepts stories, poems, photos and artwork from students, classrooms and youth groups.

Here is a basic overview for adults on getting their students or children involved in juniordispatch.com.

HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS

Any adult caregiver -- including teachers, parents, grandparents, classroom aides, Scout leaders, church leaders or coaches -- may help a child submit items for publication at JuniorDispatch.com.

The work may be prepared in or out of class, but the submission of such material should be authorized by an adult.

---Written articles: All entries should be emailed. The student's first and last name should be at the top of each article. If the student's last name is not to be used, simply indicate that on the submission. Teachers should include an information paragraph regarding the topic of the material, the school, the district and the grade. Home-school teachers need to include the municipality of the classroom, the grade and the story topic.

Submit these to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com.

---Artwork: Teachers may email color pictures in jpeg or png format. For those sent through the postal service, drawings on standard-size paper will be accepted. The student's name, school and grade need to be neatly printed on the back of the picture.

Artwork subject matter is entirely up to the creator, but we love to get art depicting the holidays, weather, animals and those that "tell a story."

WHAT TO SUBMIT

Submit any variety of items. Here are some ideas: Art. Stories. Poems. Movie reviews. Book reviews. Videos. Audio. Comics. Little League baseball scores. Recipes. Merit badge reports. Visit the site and click on "Submission Info" for ideas on how and what to submit to the site.

HOW TO SEND IT

Email submissions to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Pictures and drawings may be mailed to The Junior Dispatch, 1891 Loucks Road, York, PA 17408.

Color images are preferred.

ONLINE FEATURES

Aside from student submissions, juniordispatch.com offers students, teachers and caregivers a glimpse at local and world current, features on the achievements of local students, comics, videos, contests, kid-friendly recipes, postings on local children's events, video games and several special events throughout the year.

REWARD FOR PARTICIPATION

Each child who contributes at least one item to juniordispatch.com earns a Junior Dispatch water bottle while supplies last. Children can earn only one water bottle in the 2013-2014 school year. Students who contribute through their class will have bottles delivered there.

MORE INFO?

Got questions? Call John Simcoe at 854-1575 x 457, Karen Ahrens at x448 or visit the Junior Dispatch's "Submission Info" page.