Last updated: May 31. 2013 9:35PM - 77 Views
Jesse Campbell, Staff Reporter

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Reading the newspaper engages people in their community.
Learning that Ashe County High School students were reading our editorial page, frankly, surprised us.
But we are gratified and inspired to do a better job pursuing the interests of the diverse readership that we have and understanding that readership better. It made sense that students would follow Ashe County High School sports, but we didn’t expect them to be reading our editorials about commissioners and the school board.
We have something to learn and hopefully something to offer students.
Part of that effort to learn about and give to students over the coming months will be connected to a Newspapers in Education program.
It will attempt to put the Jefferson Post more into the hands of area students n at no cost to them -- providing them with real life, up close and personal examples for living.
In a very basic way teachers at Westwood Elementary School, we understand, are laying plans to use the newspaper for civics lessons, perhaps composition exercises and math lessons.
Commissioners, the school board and high school and middle school athletics will certainly provide good fodder for discussion. So too will examples of our own writing style.
Inserts will allow students in math class to dig through the deals for the week and propose the best buying options. This exercise is loaded for potential in learning math details and common sense practices for living.
Newspapers in Education studies have shown, and we can believe, that students who spend time reading the newspaper are more engaged in what is going on around them. They develop skills for better living and being better citizens because they are looking at real life examples.
We hope to continue encouraging that and to do some interactive things with students to bring their views, ideas and interests more into these pages.
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