Newspapers provide real-world experience

Alyssa Omar and Hallie Richardson confer over a story they are looking at as part of the Newspapers in Eduction program. Both are fourth grade students of Vivian Peck at Brethren Elementary School.

Alyssa Omar and Hallie Richardson confer over a story they are looking at as part of the Newspapers in Eduction program. Both are fourth grade students of Vivian Peck at Brethren Elementary School.

MANISTEE — Brethren fourth grade teacher Vivian Peck feels the Newspapers in Education program gives her an additional educational tool to use in her classroom.

Peck has been utilizing the program for several years and feels it is a real benefit to her students. Every Friday students receive copies of the Manistee News Advocate and Peck works a variety of lessons around what is contained in those newspapers.

“We do a couple different things with the newspapers, but they are all related to English,” said Peck. “Sometimes we are looking for things that we have been studying like nouns, verbs, adjectives and different types of speech. Other times we will look at articles and do main ideas and supporting what is in them as well.”

Peck said it is something that really makes a difference in the classroom.

“It really enhances a lot of things that we do in the classroom,” she said. “It adds a lot of validity to the things that we are studying at that time.”

Peck has an unusually large class this year with 39 students under her direction. Keeping that many students focused is a challenge, but the Newspapers in Education program really locks in the students’ attention span.

“They works in groups of two on the assignments I give them,” she said.

Students Alyssa Omar and Hallie Richardson team up on the project and said it is always fun.

 “Today, we are actually looking for places that start with the word “news” and three syllable words,” said Alyssa Omar. “Newspapers in Education is interesting as you get to learn stuff and it’s fun.”

Classmates Brooke Calbert and Emalee Beldo said they look forward to the Newspapers in Education program every week.

“You can find out about what is going on now in the area,” said Brooke Calbert.

Emalee Beldo said they have also used the newspaper for other educational assignments during the course of the school year.

“We have reviewed spelling words in the past and today to find things we have studied in the classroom,” Emalee said.

Newspapers in Education is a national program that’s a component of the Newspaper Association of America. This program brings the local community into the classroom in the form of a newspaper, through a partnership between local businesses, the Manistee News Advocate and area schools. The program has brought newspapers to the classroom across the U.S. for more than 30 years. Businesses sponsor half the cost of the program and the News Advocate covers the other half.

Teachers sign up for which day they’d like to have papers available to them to use in the classroom. Classes use the stories about school boards, city and county government and area issues to illustrate the textbook lessons with real-life examples.

At this time, more than 1,010 papers are going to students each week. Teachers interested in participating with the News Advocate to receive papers for their classroom are encouraged to contact Aaron DeKuiper, adekuiper@pioneergroup.com, for more details and to sign up. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring NIE also are encouraged to contact DeKuiper for more details.

This program is open to both public and private schools and will run again in the 2014-15 school year.

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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