NIE. What is it? NIE, or Newspapers in Education, is a program that brings newspapers into the classroom. The Sun-Times has been participating in the NIE program for several years.

NIE. What is it? NIE, or Newspapers in Education, is a program that brings newspapers into the classroom. The Sun-Times has been participating in the NIE program for several years.
“The program is a way to help our area teachers in educating our children,” said Lisa Thurman, office manager.
The Sun-Times NIE program began after Thurman learned the benefits of an active and successful program. “The circulation department attended a conference and learned of the positive impact having newspapers in the classroom could have on the students, so we decided we wanted to be a part of that. Our goal was to achieve excellence with our program.”
The Sun-Times NIE program has definitely achieved excellence as the program has won an award for being the top NIE participant in the state. “With the continued growth of participation from area teachers and the financial help of our area businesses and individuals, our NIE program has become the best in the state.”
NIE isn’t just for students; it is a great tool for teachers too. “The Sun-Times has several ideas for the Newspapers in Education program, one being the implementation of a seminar on the benefits of the program available to all area educators, in which they can count as part of their continued learning credits.”
NIE curriculum is given to teachers as a helpful way to use the newspapers to teach. “We try to obtain useful and creative items to donate to each class participating in the program. NIE is a program that is designed to combine the events happening in the students’ community and the basic educational requirements.”
There are several educational benefits to using the newspaper in the classroom. “Each newspaper can be used for fun ways to teach math, language, science, and history. Of course, the number one tool is reading.”
The ’09-’10 NIE program is already underway, but help from area citizens and businesses is needed to further the program. “Participation from the communities is essential to maintain and continue the current program. Any amount of donation will not be turned down.”
If you would like to help with a contribution to the Sun-Times NIE program, or receive newspapers for your classroom, contact Thurman, or NIE Coordinator Alicia Chesser, at 501-362-2425.
With each sponsorship your company or your name will be listed in thank you ads for nine months.
There are four levels of sponsorship- Friend of NIE ($75) will supply 40 papers per week to students; Classroom Sponsor ($150) will supply 80 papers per week to students; Program Partner ($300) will supply 160 papers per week to students; and a Feature Sponsor ($500) will supply 275 papers per week to students.