Learning about history can be boring for a lot of people, especially children. One approach to overcome that is storytelling.
As Franklin County prepares to celebrate its bicentennial next year, The Missourian will begin a monthly Newspaper In Education series to help connect local students to this historical milestone.
Written by Marc Houseman, director of the Washington Historical Society and chair of the Franklin County Bicentennial Committee, the bicentennial series will highlight the life of a child who lived in Franklin County in 1818 and ’19 and whose family played an important role in the county’s founding, said Dawn Kitchell, The Missourian’s educational services director.
It will be written in a journal entry-style and tell about the child’s family, her life and more. The series, which will appear in the second weekend issue of each month, will be geared toward elementary students, but Kitchell expects it will appeal to readers of all ages.
The bicentennial series is just one of many features Missourian readers will find in the newspaper this school year as part of the annual Missourian In Education program, which provides newspapers to teachers free of charge so they can use them in the classroom as part of the curriculum.
The Missourian In Education program is available to teachers in all communities served by The Missourian. Classroom newspaper subscriptions are provided at no cost to educators, thanks to support from community partners. The Missourian also provides training and curriculum at no cost.
Giving Kids a Bigger Scoop
Regular Missourian readers are familiar with the Kid Scoop activity feature that has appeared in the paper for many years. The quarter-page feature offered kids a theme-related puzzle, but really served as more of a jumping off point, inviting them to access even more premium educational activities, puzzles and games online for free.
The online access will still be there, but now the Kid Scoop feature in the paper will be larger — a half-page — and offer more games and activities at students’ fingertips.
“We’re actually returning to a popular version of Kid Scoop we published for many years,” Kitchell said. “The in-paper feature provides high interest informational text with colorful illustrations, charts, diagrams and activities that motivate and excite young learners. The weekly themed features cover a wide range of interests and multiple content areas — students ‘learn to read’ as they ‘read to learn’ while practicing skills and strategies using an authentic resource, the newspaper.”
Features All Year
The Missourian In Education program will kick off the new school year with the Sept. 8-9 issue, which will be delivered to classrooms Monday, Sept. 10.
“September 8 is International Literacy Day,” Kitchell said, “so that’s always our target to launch our Newspaper In Education literacy efforts for the new school year. “
Throughout September and October, teachers will find a feature on the Constitution and a series on voting that will highlight the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and also explain the roles of various elected officials — auditor, representative and senator.
In November and December, the newspaper will publish resources on Veterans Day and the Bill of Rights.
Two features on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will run in January, and the annual Reading Across Missouri serial story will begin with the Jan. 26-27 issue.
This year’s eight-chapter story will be STEM related, Kitchell noted.
Teachers and families can mark their calendars now for The Missourian’s annual Family Reading Night, set for Friday, March 1. Watch The Missourian for more details.
A “Letters to the Author” Contest also will be held in March, inviting young readers to write about how an individual author’s work has inspired them.
“Whether or not they choose to mail them, we’re inviting young readers to put into words how a book or even a body of work by an author, has impacted them as readers,” Kitchell said.
Winners of the Letters to Author contest will have their letters published in The Missourian’s April 27-28 issue to mark the 100th anniversary of National Children’s Book Week, which is April 29-May 5.
The Bee 2019, the ninth annual regional spelling competition organized by The Missourian, will be held Saturday, April 27, at East Central College. Hth Companies’ sponsorship enables the newspaper to provide schools a special supplement in January with puzzles, games and tips to help students prepare for their own school bees, which determine a school champion advance to The Bee.
First Woman to Run Marathon
The Run to Read event, which includes a 5K, 1-mile Story Stroll and Baby Buzz Dash for toddlers, and pairs physical fitness with literacy fitness will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at Washington Public Library. After the race, children’s author Annette Bay Pimentel will give a presentation on her new book “Girl Running, Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon.”
“In 1966, women weren’t permitted to run the Boston Marathon — the prevailing belief was that they were not physically able to run distances,” Kitchell said. “But Bobbi Gibb snuck into the race and truly blazed a new trail for women.”
This will be the 13th annual Run to Read and it is being held on Oct. 13, so the registration fee will be set at $13, with $1 of every registration being donated to the 26.2 Foundation, a fund to erect a statue of Gibb in Hopkinton, which is where the Boston Marathon starts each year. Gibb, who is a sculptor, among other things, will create the statue herself.
There already are many statues of male marathon runners or officials in Hopkinton, said Kitchell, but none of women.
In commemoration of Gibb’s efforts to give women new opportunities, Kitchell said this year’s event will offer a few more fun additions, including a special award for participation from local Girls on the Run groups.
A feature story on “Girl Running” and more details of the 13th annual Run to Read is planned for the Sept. 8-9 issue of The Missourian.
Author Loren Long to Visit
Award-winning children’s author/illustrator Loren Long, who has made two visits to Washington in years past, will return Sept. 24 and 25 for a series of events to kick off his national book tour.
Long is the creator of the “Otis” series of picture books and “Drummer Boy,” past Missourian Book Buzz Picks, and illustrator of more than a dozen books, including past Book Buzz Picks “Love” by Matt de la Peña, “Toy Boat,” by Randall de Seve, “Wind Flyers,” by Angela Johnson and “The Little Engine That Could,” by Watty Piper.
Long will visit Neighborhood Reads bookstore Monday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 4 p.m. to sign his newest book, “A Hole in the Log at the Bottom of the Lake,” which is the Baby Buzz Pick for September. The release date for the book is Tuesday, Sept. 25, but the bookstore will have copies available at the signing and is taking pre-orders for those who can’t attend the signing.
Later that day, at 6 p.m, Long will be the guest of honor at Beaufort Elementary’s second annual Family Reading Night. That event is open to the public as well, and will feature a presentation by Long and signing. Books also will be available at that event.
The following day, Long will visit two local schools.
Book Buzz, News Quiz
As always, the popular Book Buzz Picks and Reviews will be published monthly. The Missourian’s award-winning Book Buzz youth literacy program, now in its 16th year thanks to the generous support of sponsors, has donated more than 16,600 children’s books to 39 schools and libraries in Franklin and Warren counties to encourage children to read more and improve their writing.
Here’s how it works: In the first weekend issue of each month, The Missourian recommends two picture books and a chapter book, and then encourages those who read them to write reviews to submit to the paper. One review for each book is selected to appear in print, (and win a prize book) and others are posted on The Missourian’s website, emissourian.com.
The weekly News Quiz, now in its fifth year, will begin with the Oct. 6-7 issue. Any student who completes the quiz online each week at www.emissourian.com and has all of the answers correct will be entered into a drawing for that week to win prizes donated by Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, and Sugarfire Smoke House in Washington.
Teacher Appreciation Night
Neighborhood Reads and The Missourian will hold a Teacher Appreciation Night next Thursday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 401 Lafayette St. in Downtown Washington.
Teachers will receive free paperback advance reader copies to use in their classroom libraries. There also will be information about the Missourian In Education program and the Book Buzz project and how they can use it to improve their students’ reading and writing abilities.
There also will be door prizes, refreshments and a 20 percent discount on all books. Teachers must present their school credentials to qualify for the discount.
Register Online to Participate
Classroom newspaper subscriptions get underway this year with the Sept. 8-9 weekend Missourian, which will be delivered to schools Monday, Sept. 10.
To register to participate in the Missourian In Education program, educators should visit emissourian.com/mie.
Parents and educators can follow the Missourian In Education Facebook page for updates, book reviews and other literacy-related news. For more information on The Missourian’s educational outreach efforts, contact Kitchell at email@example.com.