For more than 20 years, the Sedalia Democrat has provided a service to area students through its Newspaper in Education program.
NIE provides free newspapers to classrooms as a means to supplement the Missouri Learning Standards and curriculum.
“NIE is a great learning tool that provides hands-on factual information for the students and teachers to use on a daily basis,” Warren Trivett, single copy manager and NIE coordinator for the Democrat, said. “We will provide papers to any school district in our coverage area that requests copies.”
A number of area schools participate in the program including Smith-Cotton High School, Smith-Cotton Junior High, the E.W. Thompson State School, Whittier High School, Lincoln, Smithton, Cole Camp and Otterville.
The Democrat will provide up to 10 copies per classroom.
“At one time the number of papers we allowed each teacher to have was higher,” Circulation Manager Nikki Monsees said. “We no longer have the sponsorships we once did and providing unlimited papers is difficult.”
The Democrat has two monthly sponsors for the program, Central Bank and Fischer Concrete.
The cost of the paper per student is $22 per year.
“Both our sponsors have been very generous and have been with us for a number of years,” Trivett said. “We really appreciate all they have done, but we could really use some other groups to help us with funding for the program.
“If any area business wanted to sponsor papers for their school district we could do that,” Trivett added. “All they would need to do is designate that when they make a donation.”
Trivett said not only businesses can make donations, but civic groups and individuals can as well.
“We really view this as a worthwhile project,” Trivett said. “It’s a great opportunity to get students actively involved in their lessons and reading the paper.”
Businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to contribute to the NIE program should contact Linda Gosnell at the Democrat at 660-530-0273.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484