What is NIE?

Newspapers in Education (NIE) is one of the most exciting educational tools available today. The Times and Democrat provides electronic newspapers to area schools at no cost to the school.

The daily newspaper is a dynamic textbook that chronicles our times and stimulates young minds. Think about how the newspaper keeps you informed about world events, the economy, and local news. What you may not realize is the newspaper gives you a daily lesson in geography, economics, math, technology, science and social studies. It is the most up-to-date textbook available. Newspapers are just the beginning of the NIE experience. We provide teachers at all levels, from kindergarten to adult education, with the tools to provide new ideas and programs that they can use in the classroom.


What NIE means to you?

As a Partner in Education you receive a variety of benefits:


  • • Your organization will be connected with a very positive educational program, helping to build a better workforce for tomorrow.
  • • You foster goodwill for the business community and for your organization.
  • • Your donation to NIE through our non-profit partner, Literacy Leadership Inc., is 100% tax deductible.

>Why NIE is important to you?

    Today’s students are tomorrow’s consumers and workers. As a community member you know that educated and informed employees and consumers are vital to the health of our nation. And that health begins at home … in our community.

    Over the past decades the evidence of illiteracy and lack of basic skills among Americans has been mounting:


  • • One in five American adults is functionally illiterate, according to the U.S. Department of Education. An additional 34 percent of American adults are only marginally literate.
  • • Sixty percent of America’s prison inmates are illiterate and 85 percent of all juvenile offenders have problems reading, the U.S. Department of Education reports.
  • • Among the 156 United Nations member countries, the United States ranks 49th in literacy. This constitutes a drop of 18 places since 1950.
  • • The United Way estimates that illiteracy costs taxpayers and businesses $20 billion per year.

>How do students benefit?

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 discover exciting information about current events, science, and social issues that affect their lives. Using newspapers as teaching elements helps teachers develop competent students in basic skills like reading and math. The newspaper is an ideal classroom tool because:

• Newspapers are timely and relevant. Current affairs come alive, while ads deal with real products, prices and events

• Newspapers motivate. There is something in every newspaper to interest every student: comics, sports, ads, photographs and local features.

• Newspapers are adaptable. Students can read, cut, paste, fold, spindle, tear, color and write on a newspaper … and then recycle it

• The United Way estimates that illiteracy costs taxpayers and businesses $20 billion per year.


>Contact Us

Barbara West-Ravenell, Circulation Director

1010 Broughton Street • Orangeburg, SC 29115

Phone: 803-516-6107
Toll Free: 1-877-536-4607

Thank you to our Table Sponsors of the 2012 Book & Author Luncheon benefiting NIE.

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