The Valencia County News-Bulletin will be bringing local news into classrooms in Los Lunas and Belen this fall with its Newspaper In Education program.

“The News-Bulletin is committed to education on every level from kindergarten to college,” said David B. Puddu, vice president and general manager of Number Nine Media Inc., owner of the News-Bulletin.

“We support many, many endeavors in partnership with the two local school districts. We wholeheartedly support Newspaper In Education, as it fosters an additional resource to local school curricula.

“We feel the News-Bulletin can be a valuable resource when used as a part of the curricula.”

Teachers may call the News-Bulletin and newspapers will be delivered to their school offices each Monday and Wednesday morning. The instructors may then pick up their papers to be used as a versatile text in learning language and composition, geography, math, science, history and more.

Businesses may become part of the program by sponsoring discounted subscriptions offered to the schools. There are three levels of sponsorship:

  • Gold, at $250, which delivers 25 copies of each edition throughout the school year to students.
  • Silver, at $100, which provides 10 copies.
  • Bronze, at $50, which brings five newspapers to classrooms.

The contribution covers the reduced cost of the newspapers for both the fall and spring terms. Each class will be made aware of the participating businesses, and an ad acknowledging the sponsors will appear in the News-Bulletin monthly.

“In addition to the goodwill created, sponsorship in the program is a positive means of ensuring a literate citizenry for the future,” said Ron Jones, News-Bulletin circulation manager.

The thrust of the program is educational. “One of our main functions with the News-Bulletin is to increase and promote literacy,” Puddu said.

“Utilizing the local newspaper is a natural fit with that goal because all our topics are germane to the area in which we live. By placing the newspaper in the classroom, we are giving teachers an opportunity to use the most up-to-date textbook in the market.”

Newspaper in Education is a national program in which newspapers across the nation participate. It is sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America, of which the News-Bulletin is a member. It is the fourth year the News-Bulletin has provided this in-school service.

The News-Bulletin is involved in many local educational programs including Belen Scholars, Partners in Education and the Renaissance program in the Los Lunas Schools. It also provides full coverage of classroom activities, board of education meetings and school athletic events.

The News-Bulletin provides local news exclusively.

“Students will be reading about their friends and neighbors, local businesses, government even our advertisements are a form of information,” Puddu said.

Brochures will be provided to teachers about use of the newspaper in their classrooms, from conducting a scavenger hunt using information in the News-Bulletin to increasing vocabulary by discovering new words.

For information about how you can get involved, call Ron Jones or Maggie Gurule, circulation department assistant, at 864-4472.

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The Valencia County News-Bulletin is a locally owned and operated community newspaper, dedicated to serving Valencia County since 1910 through the highest journalistic and professional business standards. The VCNB is published weekly on Thursdays, including holidays both in print and online.