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Carroll County students in kindergarten through fifth grade this fall will have a new newspaper they can call their own.
Carroll County Kids, a publication to be produced through The News-Democrat in partnership with the Carroll County Board of Education, will provide a classroom resource and educational tool for teachers and parents alike.
News-Democrat Publisher Jeff Moore said the newspaper will focus on improving literacy among our young people and offer a variety of topics that make learning interesting and fun.
The monthly publication will feature local school news, a monthly calendar, youngsters’ short stories, and sections on science, history, health, and fun and games. There also will be a food column, the Kid Chef, Moore said.
Carroll County Schools Superintendent Lisa James said she is proud that the Board of Education agreed to the partnership with The News-Democrat, and of the businesses and industries who already have agreed to sponsor the publication for students.
“We hope parents and grandparents will use Carroll County Kids to work with their children once they bring it home,” James said. “This is a building block to help support academics in the schools.”
Additionally, Moore noted the newspaper will provide educational material that teachers may use to supplement their lessons.
Carroll County Kids will be published from September through May, and will be distributed directly to students each month through the schools.
Four local sponsors have already agreed to lend their support to the project.
“We appreciate the support we have received from North American Stainless, which has agreed to be the lead sponsor for Carroll County Kids,” Moore said. “Carroll County Memorial Hospital, First National Bank of Carrollton and the Carrollton Rotary Club also will provide sponsorships to bring this newspaper to our students.”
Melanie Stewart of NAS said the company believes the new newspaper is important.
“Any time you can get children excited about reading, you are making an impact on their future,” she said. “NAS is eager to be a part of providing the elementary students with news and learning activities that will be fun and useful in the classroom.”
Stewart said NAS is supporting the Carroll County Kids newspaper because the company is always happy to support education.
Opportunities remain for additional sponsors for the new publication, and range from $85 to $275 per month. For more information, call Moore or sales representative Deborah Garrett at The News-Democrat, (502) 732-4261.