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Newspaper in Education at the Oologah-Talala Schools

The Oologah Lake Leader and the Oologah-Talala Public Schools partner in an active Newspaper in Education program. Newspapers to use in the classroom are provided at no cost to the schools. The Leader organizes several fundraisers through the year to help support the costs of the program.

Serial Stories for young readers

“They Cried on the Trail,” a serial story for young readers, will be printed in the Leader in September and October.

Carolyn Estes, Leader NIE coordinator and marketing director, wrote the story for the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation for use in Oklahoma newspapers. It is the third serial story she has written for the foundation. Blake Hope of Oologah did the illustrations for the story.

What is For the Kid in You?

While experts decry the lack of newspaper reading by today’s youth, the National Newspaper Association is honoring newspapers which raise a new generation of readers. The Oologah Lake Leader has been recognized by the NNA for having the nation’s best weekly Newspapers in Education program and for providing the best educational support program. Judges described the Leader’s work as “a model NIE program for small community newspapers. Circulation, community support, teacher interaction — this newspaper is raising a community of newspaper readers.”

Our teachers requested an NIE feature. Our requirements were tough: less than half a page of space, appropriate for a wide range of ages and subjects, and affordable. Nothing on the market met the need, so we developed For the Kid in You for our own program. Other publishers soon asked to use For the Kid in You in their own newspapers.

You can use a part of this award-winning program in your newspaper. For the Kid in You, the Leader’s NIE feature, is available for just a few dollars a week. For the Kid in You now reaches 250,000 readers in 20 newspapers from Oklahoma to Massachusetts.

Does your NIE program need a boost? Call Carolyn Estes at 918-443-2428, ext. 26.