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Nine Students Win "Courage in New Jersey" Essay Contest in 2006

May 2006 -- Nine New Jersey students in grades 4-12 have been named by the New Jersey Press Foundation as winners of a statewide essay contest sponsored by the foundation's Newspaper in Education and Youth Readership Committee.

The contest, with the theme "Courage in New Jersey," encouraged students to read their local newspapers to find facts about courageous acts of New Jersey citizens. Six newspapers with a combined circulation of more than 780,000 participated in the contest.

The following students will be awarded U.S. Savings Bonds:

High School Division (grades 10-12): 1st Place, Brenton Partridge of Califon, 10th grade at Voorhees High School, nominated by the Hunterdon County Democrat, Flemington; 2nd Place, Ebony Ray of Mount Holly, 12th grade at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, nominated by the Burlington County Times, Willingboro; 3rd Place, Meagan Docherty of Bloomindale, 11th grade at Butler High School, nominated by The Record (Bergen County).

Middle School Division (grades 7-9): 1st Place, Abigail deUriarte of Sicklerville, 9th grade at Timber Creek Regional High School, nominated by the Courier-Post, Cherry Hill; 2nd Place, Leigh Anne Patullo of Frenchtown, 7th grade at Kingwood Township School, nominated by the Hunterdon County Democrat; 3rd Place, Joseph Sipos of Columbus, 8th grade at Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, nominated by the Burlington County Times.

Elementary School Division (grades 4-6): 1st Place, Marielle Gerbino of Toms River, 5th grade at East Dover Elementary School, nominated by The Press of Atlantic City; 2nd Place, Nicholas Cockinos of Fort Lee, 5th grade at Fort Lee School #4, nominated by The Record; 3rd Place, Samantha Siegel of Montclair, 4th grade at Hillside Elementary School, nominated by The Star-Ledger, Newark.

First place winners will receive $1,000 bonds, second place winners will receive $500 bonds, and third place winners will receive $100 bonds.

The 16 students who were nominated for the statewide competition placed first in local competitions operated by newspapers that participated in the "Profile of Courage: The Story of Nellie Bly" reading project sponsored by NJPF earlier in the school year.

Judges for the contest were Newspaper in Education coordinators from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia.

35 Attend Mid-Atlantic NIE and Youth Readership Conference

May 2006 -- Thirty-five youth page editors and newspaper-in-education professionals from Vermont to Virginia attended the 2006 Mid-Atlantic NIE and Youth Readership Conference May 4-5 in North Wildwood, NJ.

This is the first time such a conference as been sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation.

The conference program consisted of eight sessions conducted by NIE professionals from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and by representatives from the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation. Details about the program can be retrieved by clicking on the graphic at left.

"Conferences always energize me to do better," said Liza Mattison, NIE coordinator from The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.

Mike Peterson, NIE coordinator from the Post-Star in Glens Falls, New York, said he picked up a lot of insights for my own program. He said one of the highlights of the program was "getting good ideas from topics I didn't think I'd care about."

In addition to the content offered, the conference featured special presentations by several vendors of NIE and youth readership products and services for newspapers.

Click here to retrieve a PDF version of the program for the conference.

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Newspaper Foundation Grants To Purchase Newspapers Top $394,000

Corporations, foundations and individuals have donated more than $440,000 to the New Jersey Press Foundation to support the state's Newspaper in Education programs.

Through December 2007, nine newspapers have received NJPF grants that purchased 2.8 million newspapers for classrooms in their circulation areas and for special projects such as spelling bees, science fairs and summer reading initiatives.

Statewide, more than 3,100 classrooms and 78,000 students have benefited from the NJPF grants program, which began in July 2001. The program gives Newspaper in Education donors a choice of sending their gifts to the New Jersey Press Foundation or sending their checks directly to a specific newspaper.

Using this NJPF program may allow individuals, corporations and foundations to deduct their donations as a charitable contribution.

How the NIE Grants Program Works

  1. Newspapers may offer donors the option of sending their grants to the New Jersey Press Foundation to cover the cost of sponsoring at least one classroom set of newspapers or to support other NIE projects and events.
  2. When a grant is received, NJPF notifies the newspaper and requests an invoice.
  3. On receipt of the invoice, the foundation writes a check to the newspaper to purchase newspapers sent to schools or to support NIE projects and educational events the newspaper sponsors.
  4. NJPF offers teachers continuing-education credit for newspaper-sponsored workshops they attend on the use of newspapers in their classes. Participating newspapers may use the foundation's official registration with the New Jersey Department of Education as a provider of in-service training programs for teachers.

In addition to giving donors the opportunity to sponsor classroom sets of a specific newspaper, companies and foundations may prefer to broaden the reach of their grants by targeting certain kinds of classes or schools throughout New Jersey.

The foundation's NIE Committee will help donors identify target schools and classes, including but not limited to:

  • Classes that include subject modules such as dealing with violence or addressing tolerance issues.
  • Classes that teach specific subjects such as health and family life (pharmaceutical companies), the environment (energy companies) or business (brokerage companies and banks).
  • Classes attended by children of employees (a company could offer to split the cost of classroom sets with its employees).
  • Special NIE projects such as teacher workshops, science fairs and spelling bees.

For more information about providing grants to support Newspaper in Education programs, contact the New Jersey Press Foundation at (609) 406-0600, ext. 19, or send an E-mail to foundationprograms@njpa.org .

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Suggested Letter to Donors from Newspapers

Introductory paragraphs written by the NIE Coordinator would ask companies to sponsor classroom sets of newspapers or support the paper's overall NIE program.

As an option to making your check payable to the (name of the newspaper), the New Jersey Press Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, has agreed to receive your check and to purchase a classroom set of the (name of the newspaper) (or any other general NIE effort at the paper) in the name of your company.

This option is possible because the (name of the newspaper) is a member of the foundation's statewide Newspaper in Education and Youth Readership Committee.

Your check, made payable to the New Jersey Press Foundation, could be tax-deductible. However, we suggest that you consult with your tax adviser about this way of supporting the NIE program at (name of the newspaper).

If you choose to make your check payable to the New Jersey Press Foundation, you may mail it directly to NJPF at: 810 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 307, West Trenton, N.J. 0868-1019. If you have questions about the foundation or need its tax-identification information, contact the foundation's program director at (609) 406-0600, ext. 19, or send an E-mail to: foundationprograms@njpa.org.

Closing paragraphs by the NIE Coordinator.

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