The Missourian has been recognized by an international association for its summer reading program. The recognition has come from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for a youth editorial project, “One World: Their Story.”

WAN-IFRA annually awards World Young Reader prizes to newspapers that have devised the best project or activity to attract young readers. The award recognizes newspapers that have found an innovative way to attract young readers to news.

The summer reading project that won was created by Dawn Kitchell, The Missourian’s educational service director who handles our Newspaper In Education program in schools in this area. The series was created to teach youngsters about similarities and differences between young readers in the United States and Germany. The series was tied to Washington’s Sister City program with Marbach am Neckar.

The Missourian is the smallest circulation publication to be recognized by the international organization. It was the only U.S. publication to be honored this year. The award will be announced in July during the Asia-Pacific Young Reader Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Full credit for this honor goes to Dawn and those who assisted her in publishing the series. Dawn is very creative. Her work to promote reading by youngsters is outstanding.

The Missourian is proud to have such a creative person on our staff.