April Simpson

April Simpson

South Florida-based freelance journalist and writer for an international development charity.

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The New York Times

Bronx Sixth Graders Master Mysteries of the Biology Regents

High school students statewide struggle to pass the Regents exams required for graduation. But at a small Bronx school, a group of sixth graders passed the biology Regents last month, surprising their...

The New York Times

Downtown Celebrates a Graduation - New York Times

As the graduates of Millennium High School in Lower Manhattan danced through the night earlier this month, they celebrated not just themselves, but also the school that grew out of the rubble of Sept....

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The New York Times

Off the Street, in Need of a Gift or Two

They are the type of items one would expect to find on a Bed, Bath & Beyond gift registry — a coffee maker, cotton dish cloths, cutlery — things a bride and groom would ask for to set up a new home.

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The New York Times

Rhyme and Reason for Young Inmates

The youngest inmates of Rikers Island have plenty to worry about: their pending court cases, resolving their charges, when they might reunite with their families. More immediately, they worry that the...

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The New York Times

Shelter From the Storm: A Children’s Reading Room at Family Court

There is almost nothing pleasant about Family Court on Lafayette Street in Lower Manhattan.
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An old closet at Family Court in Manhattan was renovated and outfitted b...

The New York Times

The Lure of the Sea, and Science, for Minority Students

For six days, a small group of college students worked aboard a high-tech marine research ship as it has cruised western Long Island Sound on a scientific excursion meant to learn more about that vast...

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The New York Times

The Music May End for a Free Summer Camp Program

Raldy Vargas, an 11-year-old from the Bronx, loves to play the piano. Although he has had some formal instruction, he is mostly self-taught, on a keyboard at home. But this month, he has had lessons o...