The Missourian’s two advocates for the Book Buzz program, Dawn Kitchell, who manages the Newspaper in Education program, and columnist Chris Stuckenschneider, who operates the book program, spoke to the Washington Rotary Club last week. As an added feature, they had a drawing in which a Book Buzz Pick was given away.

The Four Rivers Area Career Center Student of the Month was in attendance. He won the picture book and told his instructor that it was the first new book he had ever received.

Later that day, Dawn received a note from Andy Robinson, assistant director/placement director at the Four Rivers Career Center. Here is what he said: “My student could have received a million dollars today and would not have been more happy inside. After we got back to school he got a little emotional about his new book with me by telling me what that meant to him, then showed it off the only way an 18-year-old boy could do — they read it in class! It must have been your karma today. The right person got what he needed. I am sure this will be paid forward.”

Dawn said, “Sometimes we forget what an impact we really are having in the community. But it can come in places we don’t even expect.”

This is National Newspaper Week. The Missourian sponsors the Newspaper in Education and Book Buzz programs. We have co-sponsors. We need more. Along with The Missourian, these programs do have a positive impact on the communities we serve. This week’s observance serves as a reminder of the value of a community newspaper!