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Wednesday, March 5, 2003

This is Newspapers in Education Week

Jessica Sanders, a sophomore at Northview High School, believes Newspapers In Education Week is a great opportunity for all students to get to read their local paper. NIE was created to promote reading in general and reading of the newspaper in particular.

Dr. Suellen Reed, Superintendent of Public Instruction, says the more students read, the better readers they become. The daily newspaper is a textbook which children respond to because it is a living document, not a history book.

NIE is March 3-7 this year and themed "Rockin' Around the Newspaper". It's a collaborative effort of the Indiana Reading Association, the Hoosier Press Association and the Indiana Department of Education. One of the main objects of the program is to create a daily reading habit in school-age children.

Through sponsorship of local businesses and industries, the NIE will provide teachers with free papers for use in the classroom. The ISRA, HSPA and NIE have prepared activities that teachers can use with the newspaper to help students understand the many reasons newspapers are important to their community.

Jessica Sanders understands the concept of the NIE quite well. The 16-year-old reads the paper daily and is a carrier for The Brazil Times.

Deaf since birth, Jessica communicates well by lip-reading and signing. With the help of her mother, who interprets for her daughter through signing, Jessica talked about her love of reading.

"I think it's important to read the newspaper," Jessica said, "because then you know what's happening around you. I read the paper every day. I like to read everything, even the cartoons," Jessica laughed while signing to her mother.

The busy honor roll student, who has a 3.6 GPA, is a member of the Business Professionals of America. Jessica said the hearing loss has not caused her any problems socially or in the classroom.

She is a prolific typist with a top speed of 142 words per minute. She got a first place in desktop publishing and fifth in Fundamental Word Processing through the BPA high school competition. She hopes to attend Ball State University after she graduates and wants to be a computer programer.

Jessica has been a newspaper carrier for nearly three years. The Brazil Times Circulation Leader Norm Stearley, said, "Jessica's a very good kid and an excellent carrier. She always has a smile on her face, is dependable, courteous and always very pleasant. Her customers like her a lot. One said that Jessica was the best carrier she'd ever had."

Jessica knows the value of reading and believes the Newspaper In Education Week is a very worth while project. Not everyone gets a newspaper in their home every day.

NIE gives those students exposure to newspapers and provides the opportunity for all students to understand the value of such publications.

Jessica says she will always be a reader but when she gets her driver's license she may have to look for a different job so she can buy a car.

The active teenager says having a vehicle would allow her to spend more time with friends and make it easier to participate in other activities. Besides her school functions and being with friends, Jessica enjoys sewing, riding horses and, of course, reading.

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