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Speer: NIE helps kids keep up on the news

January 13, 2012
Bill Speer - Editor/Publisher , The Alpena News

One of the main questions I often hear when talking to groups about the newspaper is "what exactly is the NIE program?"

NIE is an acronym for Newspaper In Education and involves us supplying various classrooms across the region with newspapers. The teachers in these schools supplement their lesson plans with the newspapers for everything from current events to sharpening their math skills. In essence, teachers use the newspaper to show students practical lessons from the classroom.

Right now we are in the process of gathering books from the public for our main NIE fundraiser of the year - our annual book sale in conjunction with Business Expo Feb. 4 at the APlex. Each year we partner with a school that benefits from NIE to have them collect books as well. This year's partner school is Lincoln Elementary in Alpena.

Obviously, I think NIE is great. But why take my word for it. Listen to what some of our Lincoln NIE partners have to share.

"I am thankful for The Alpena News because it tells you what is going on in Alpena. It also is fun to read when your are eating breakfast. I would write for the newspaper if I could - it would be so cool to read my own," Paul Champagne said.

Trust me Paul, it is pretty cool to write for the newspaper, so we'll keep you in mind when you get a little older.

Many of the students already have been media stars, or aspire to stardom, thanks to the newspaper. Aaron Allen "wants to be in the paper again, but fishing this time." Kiersten Wirgau wrote "one day I was on the front cover for grass hockey," Onatah Rude said "I had my picture in the newspaper before, it was really cool," while Noah McKee was curious how to get a weather picture into the newspaper.

Alyssa Dowling said she "loves to learn, and loves newspapers - thank you." I'm glad you do Alyssa.

Bradley Thompson thought "it's very nice" of us to supply the school with newspapers, and that he "likes to read everything" on its pages.

Brad Duby said "I am thankful for the news because it gives me important news I need," while Migael Burke likes the sports section because of his passion for sports, "especially the Detroit Lions football team."

Reagan Wisenbach said he and his classmates "have learned so much from the newspaper."

Taylor Michels invited us to Lincoln School to "take some pictures, have some fun," while Samantha Jovanovic said "I think you guys are awesome."

Right back at you Taylor and Samantha.

Finally, Onatah Rude was a walking testimonial when she wrote "I love the comics and classifieds - my grandmother got a new cat named Tony, and she got it from the classifieds."

Then she went on to add, "my rabbit uses the newspaper after it is read."

Hmm, that's nice to know Onatah.

Our newspaper - from classified liner ads to rabbit pen liners - we've got you covered!



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