Friday, February 27, 2009

Educating newspapers

In celebration of Newspapers in Education Week and Read Across America Day, I offer this priceless image sent to us from St. Mary School in Schwenksville.

Second grade students at St. Mary School, under the tutelage of teachers Denise Sozda and Kim LaGuardia, have recently started utilizing the pages of The Mercury to augment their education curriculum. The NIE Breakfast series is educational and perfect for young readers. Most recently, the children read “Class Pets: Survival School” by Frank Asch.
Thank you, Jane Perkins, for sending this to us and making my day.


Blogger Living at the end of our rainbow....everyday! said...

Nancy we were so upset to here what is happening to the Mercury. After reading your blog, I had to tell you that in doing my geneology I found that my Great Grand-father was one of the founding family-members to the paper. I have an article that was printed by the paper in 1943, (the death of my GGfather) and when it was found by another family member we were so excited to be told that our family helped bring such a wonderful paper.

I have a copy of that article and will send you a copy if you like.
My GG-father was Edgar V. Rippel.
He worked beside others like, William Hiester, Shandy Hill, Ernest Reinhart, Sara J. C. Beerbrower, Milton W. Ziegler and so many more.

The funny thing is, he lost his arm while working for the Mercury (due to illness)and still the Mercury allowed him to work. He wanted too. And was the fastest type setter. Faster then the setters with two arms. Thanks for letting me share

March 2, 2009 at 2:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an outstanding editor and I hope and pray that the Mercury will be around for a long time. This newspaper has done a great job in serving the community and the reporters are first-class in their reporting of the news. I'm glad we have such a great local newspaper.

March 3, 2009 at 4:44 PM 
Blogger I learned something today said...

Dear Editor March,
"I know you will succeed making people KNOW that The Mercury is their HOMETOWN paper--newspapers are vital to every community. People are so enthralled with the internet, but it does not, in any way, shape or form give the intimacy that a newspaper does. I like it for research, fast facts, etc. but when it comes to the written word, the actual written word--on time, on the spot, I'll leave my heart on the doorstep with the newspaper anyday!" They're the words I wrote to Chris March last week regarding The Mercury and newspapers across the country. In America we are so fortunate to have the freedom TO WRITE! I can't tell you how much it means to our school to see St. Mary's in the news, and all other schools as well; the little people in these schools are America's future and to know that The Mercury is assisting in their education through NIE makes The Mercury and its sponsors extraordinary. Thank you for your effort and the love you put into each day's work--St. Mary's certainly does.
Jane Perkins

March 9, 2009 at 2:02 PM 
Anonymous Nancy March said...

To the great-grandchild of Edgar Rippel, please leave me your email so I can learn more. Fascinating story.
Ernest Reinhart, classified manager here for 40 years, was my uncle.
Thank you all for your kind words,
Nancy March

March 12, 2009 at 11:37 AM 

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