If Marco Arano someday earns a byline in The New York Times, credit family enterprise and his budding talent as a writer at age 9.
As Kiddos “Kid Reporter,” Marco, a third grade student at Pinecrest Elementary School, is “very smart and passionate about everything he does,” explained his mother, Veronica LePere, publisher of newest addition to the local publication scene: Kiddos magazine.
Now in its second year with a circulation base of 10,000, the colorful bi-monthly is intended “to share with our community what our kids are able to do,” described LePere when Kiddos introduced Marco as a monthly interview feature in its 2014 Back to School edition.
The publication highlights Marco’s one-on-one sessions with celebrities, educators, inspirational artists and personalities that have a strong impact in our community, LePere said.
Marco already has published interviews with Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Albert Carvalho, interior décor professional Antonio Carbrera, and Peyton List, Disney teen model and actress who served as grand marshal of Macy’s “Miracle on 136th Street” last November.
A key question by Arano asked Carvalho what parents can do to improve education for their children, providing the nationally recognized Miami-Dade superintendent a chance to explain The Parent Academy, a free resource providing basic information on topics from getting a job to managing a checkbook — just the kind of informative material Kiddos likes to provide its adult readers.
Typical of other content: “Safety Tips to Protect Your Children” as advised by Miami Children’s Hospital and a physician’s advice on “Nutrition Tips to Boost Focus and Performance in School” to start off 2014-15 school year.
A graphic arts professional, LePere’s volunteer work during 15 years in Miami helped numerous youngsters in crafts and art projects at non-profit events, crystallizing an interest to publish a magazine that could spark “a new approach to inspiring parents and youngsters approach to education.”
A native of Argentina who became schooled in marketing in Bolivia, she describes her publication as a tool to help parents and youngsters expand their horizons through timely articles across a wide spectrum of interests.
“Parents who visualize the necessities of education need to provide the tools and resources to raise kids with opportunities that will lead them to a successful future,” LePere observed.
“Kiddos magazine shares with our community what our kids are able to do, “ she emphasized, adding she “couldn’t be happier in becoming a publisher of a magazine devoted to children’s’ education.
“Communicating with and informing the Miami community as well as meeting many amazing people who work every day for our kids’ and families’ benefit has been such a precious gift,” she said. “I am doing what I love.”
For information about Kiddos, visit www.kiddosmagazine.com; on Facebook or Twitter: <com/kiddomagazine>; or by Instagram: <@kiddomagazine>.