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Did you know there are math problems in today's newspaper? What about a language arts quiz? Or a science or social studies project in the making?
Well, local teachers have known this for years. That's why many are firm believers in the Newspapers In Education program, a worldwide initiative that promotes the use of newspapers in the classroom.
Educators say using the newspaper in their classrooms provides a real-world connection that is motivating and adds real-life dimension to their classrooms.
Believe it or not, the newspaper does have content that's suitable and fun for children.
The Education Pages are - literally - all about them, with news and photos from local schools. Even our Sports section features photos and stories about local student/athletes.
Each year, we also participate in a statewide story series. Some families can't afford to buy their children books of their own. But through our story series, each child who participates will have a book of their very own to keep. The project has been a big hit over the years.
Anyone can sponsor a student - or even an entire classroom. Would you be willing to help?
We provide the newspapers to teachers at a very low cost - just 18 cents an issue. (That's compared to the newsstand price of 75 cents per issue.) That's a cost of $12.96 for a student for the entire school year.
Many of our subscribers round up their subscription renewal payment to the next highest dollar and we put those pennies to good use in the NIE program.
We're also promoting our annual Pet Photo Contest, in which readers can submit a photo of their pet for $10 (Friday is the deadline). Then, for the next three weeks, readers can vote for their favorite pet at a cost of 25 cents per vote. The winner will be announced in the April 5 issue.
And the best part of all is that the money will go to our local students through the NIE program.
Here at the News-Journal, we strive to bring the newspaper and the community together, providing an educational opportunity for every age. What better way to do that than through our children?
For information about what you can do to help, contact CKNJ Circulation Manager Rose Rainwater at 465-8111.