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Courier to launch Newspaper in Education program

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Imagine an educational tool that helps students improve literacy, science, math, geography and social studies skills. Sound too good to be true? It’s the newspaper! Beginning in August, the Elgin Courier will be launching one of the largest community programs in its history, as we will be partnering with Elgin ISD and the nationally-recognized program Newspaper in Education (NIE).

In addition to local community news, sports and entertainment coverage, the Elgin Courier will also launch the award-winning newspaper activity page for students of all ages, Kid Scoop, inside the Courier. This bright and bouncy educational feature is packed with standards-based learning in print and online.

Recent research published by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation shows the positive impact of NIE programs on student achievement. The research reports that, on average, students who use the newspaper in school scored 10 percent better on standardized reading tests than did students who did not. The largest impacts occur in schools with high minority enrollments.

Tonight, Wednesday, July 17 at 4 p.m., all local businesses are invited to an NIE launch party at the Elgin Courier office. There will be lots of informational handouts, goodies and more. You will receive some information on how you can become a classroom partner with the newspaper.

“If you cannot make the launch party, but would like to participate in the NIE program, please let us know and we can visit with you at your convenience,” said Heather Ott, program director.

With the help from local businesses, individuals and community groups, we can put a newspaper in every student’s hand throughout the year.