Second year of NIE project launched
In a collaborative effort with the community and Bueker Middle School, the Marshall Democrat-News is once again taking part in the Newspapers In Education program.
A nationwide program, Newspapers In Education is designed to promote literacy and newspaper readership in today's young people. Pat Morrow, Democrat-News circulation manager, said this year's program will be even more ambitious than before.
Morrow said last year was the first time NIE was undertaken by the Democrat-News and it was only used in the fifth grade. This year, classes throughout the middle school, ranging from fifth through eighth grade and covering a diverse group of subjects including math, will use the program.
While many children are not exposed to newspapers in other settings, Morrow said the NIE program provides an opportunity to introduce them to what could become a lifelong relationship.
"We feel that if you can get students to read newspapers at this stage, they will continue to be newspaper readers throughout their lifetimes," she said.
Each week in the Democrat-News readers will see a special page dedicated to an NIE lesson. However, this page is only a stepping stone, Morrow said, adding that teachers can use the entire newspaper in developing their lessons.
Through the program, each student in the participating classes along with their teachers will receive a copy of the Democrat-News once per week.
While the newspaper absorbs half of the cost of the program, a number of sponsors from throughout the community have come forward to offer their support. These sponsors are Marshall Fireworks Outlet, Bank Midwest, Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, Kiwanis Club, Mid-Day Optimist Club, Lions Club, Green's Printing, Wal-Mart, Fitzgibbon Hospital, John Rector Motors, Community Bank, Excel, ConAgra Foods, Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home and Wood and Huston Bank.