Throughout the summer, students flock to the local library to spend time reading books, playing educational computer games and attending entertaining programs.
This year, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Brunswick site has also incorporated The Brunswick News’ Newspapers in Education program into its summer reading program, to provide another educational outlet for young readers.
“We have put them out for people to pick up, and after most programs we have a bunch of newspapers sitting out,” said Karen Larrick, program coordinator for the Marshes of Glynn Libraries. “When we make announcements during the program, we tell them we have the papers.”
On a recent stormy summer day, Larrick sat down with a group of students who were spending their afternoon at the Brunswick library. She showed them the NIE and Young Writers’ Workshop pages in The News’ Lifestyles section.
“In the newspaper, did you know that two days a week they have a special page just for you guys?” Larrick asked the students.
Every student said this was news to them.
“You need to look a little bit closer, because if you do you’ll discover that on Tuesdays and Thursdays they have two pages … If you look in Section C on page four, you’ll see the pages that are for kids,” she said.
The spread features informational articles and the Young Writers’ Workshop, where local student writing is showcased.
“They have all kinds of neat information on these pages,” Larrick said, opening the June 22 edition of The News. “The one on the page this week is about the flamenco dancers. Do you know what a flamenco dancer is?”
“No, I’ve never seen one,” 7-year-old Paisley Crews replied.
Larrick showed her the article, in which the writer discussed the flamenco art form, which began in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia.
“It’s a very stylized dance,” Larrick explained. “So this whole article is about the flamenco dances and the culture around them.”
The students were also impressed to see the writing of others their own age featured in the newspaper.
Logan Odum, 13, said it takes bravery to put one’s writing on display that way.
“I like that the kids are doing this, because most kids in my class, when we had this part where we could share our writing, most kids would be scared,” he said.
Larrick also explained that it’s good practice to recycle newspapers.
“One of the reasons newspapers are so good for recycling and making compost is because they’re made almost 100 percent out of wood pulp,” she said.
But most importantly, she said, newspapers are fantastic tools for learning about the world around us.
“A lot of times the articles are about different places in the world,” she said. “And that’s kind of neat.”
Want to get involved with Newspapers in Education? All it takes is a phone call to The News at 265-8320 ext. 356. Summer Whitten would be happy to sign up teachers to get their newspapers twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.