May 17, 2018

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (May 17, 2018)—Congrats to all of the students who were selected to be published in the 40th edition of Northwest AEA's "Harveststudent publication. Thank you to Junior League of Sioux City for providing a grant so that these books could be printed and distributed to each child published in the magazine. "Harvest" is a gathering of our PreK-12 students’ writing and artwork, created during the 2017-2018 school year. 

The Iowa Core Standards for writing emphasize the importance of students being able to communicate in narrative, argumentative, and persuasive writing. Additionally, the Universal Constructs that are essential for students’ 21st-century success include critical thinking, complex communication, and creativity—all of which our students have engaged in with the writing and artwork they submitted to Harvest. 

The new Iowa Core Fine Arts Standards ask students to create, present, respond, and connect. Students who have submitted their work to Harvest have engaged in the first two processes. Typically, cover art is alternated between elementary, middle, and high school students. This year, because it is the 40th edition, we wanted to choose artwork for the cover from each of the three grade spans.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit

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