Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Newspaper in Florida Helping Parents Teach Kids at Home After Hurricane Ivan

Schools remain closed in many areas of hurricane-devastated Florida. However, one school district and a local newspaper have forged an alliance to keep teaching and learning moving forward. According to the Associated Press, The Escambia County School District and The Pensacola News Journal is helping teach kids at home after Hurricane Ivan while schools remain closed.

Lessons, published in the paper, encourage students from kindergarten through sixth grade to draw pictures and write about their experiences surviving the storms. Middle and High school students are asked to read the paper and delve into techniques used by advertisers and political campaigns to exploit the situation.

The program has attracted the interest of Governor Jeb Bush who said, "I think that's one of the most creative ideas I've ever heard," when informed of the partnership between schools and the press.