With much regret, The Record is suspending its Newspaper in Education Program due to a lack of sponsorship.

Suspending a worthwhile endeavor is never easy, but this decision is especially difficult. That’s because we know the program was making a difference in students’ lives.

How do we know? Because area students and teachers told us so. If you want an indication of how meaningful the program was you can go to our website, Warrencountyrecord.com, and click on the Record In Education Tab under the Features section.

There you can read testimonials from teachers and students who wrote to us expressing their appreciation for the program and telling us how important it was to them.

One theme which is expressed over and over in the testimonials is that newspapers in classrooms encourage young people to read and think deeper about their communities. We believe that, which is why we started the Record In Education program almost a decade ago.  We’ve seen the Newspaper In Education Program achieve the same results in other communities where we initiated the program.

Last year we specifically tailored the content in our RIE program to complement the focus on  STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — areas that schools were focusing on as part of a statewide initiative. The content was a hit with teachers and students.

So were the many series we ran on topics like the Constitution, 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright which established the Right to Counsel, Veterans Day, Bill of Rights, and 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

But quality programs cost money.

Unfortunately, we were never able to sustain the funding it takes to produce and deliver the newspapers to classrooms. In 2012, 50 teachers in six area schools used more than 1,000 copies of The Record each week during the school year. We were forced to pare back the program last year as funding dwindled. We have made several presentations to area businesses in an effort to drum up support but have not been successful in raising enough money to keep the program going.

If we are able to secure the necessary funding, it is our intention to resume the program.

For now, we need to thank our past sponsors for their support as well as the many area teachers who passionately supported the program.

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