NIE supplements at-home learning

Published 7:20 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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A new educational page in The Wednesday Messenger is designed to help supplement at-home education for students throughout Pike County.

The Newspapers In Education page inside today’s edition features a serial story about Danny Dollar, Millionaire Extraordinaire along with a series of Common Core compliant educational activities for students in grades two through six.

“In talking with Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of the Pike County Schools, we identified a need to help supplement the at-home learning experiences of students throughout Pike County during these challenging times,” said Stacy Graning, Messenger publisher. “We were thrilled to partner with the schools and with Troy Bank & Trust Co. to bring this weekly series to the students throughout the county.”

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The page will be published weekly in the free edition of The Messenger, with copies distributed through the Child Nutrition Program lunch sites, racks and single-copy distribution sites throughout the county, as well as delivered to homes in Troy and Brundidge.

“We are excited about our partnership with The Messenger,” Bazzell said. “The Newspaper in Education Program gives us one more avenue of communication with our students during this difficult time. Our goal over the next two months is to keep our students engaged in the learning process and this program, along with the activities being provided by the system, will go a long way to ensuring we achieve this goal.”

This first series in the NIE program focuses on a young entrepreneur and his efforts to develop business. The series teaches financial literacy, reading comprehension, vocabulary and more.

“Financial literacy is so important for our students to learn,” said Dianna Lee, marking and public relations officer at Troy Bank & Trust. “A student who learns financial responsibility at a young age has a good foundation to help them become a fiscally responsible adult.  At this time in particular, Troy Bank & Trust is pleased to sponsor this program for the students in our area to help continue the financial literacy education that began at school.  Hopefully this will be one more tool that parents will have to help with lessons that were begun in the classroom.”