The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 3, 2009

Brainwave Program

Brainwave 2009-2010

Guidelines: Students in grades kindergarten through twelve respond to a question posed each month. Essays should be 200 words or less and should be typed or written legibly. Please include writer’s name, age, grade, school, and teacher’s name with each essay. Students may also submit illustrations (preferably colored with colored pencil). Several submissions are chosen for publication in The Free Press.

Here are the 2009-2010 topics and corresponding dates, as well as forms for your students to use if you wish:

Topic 1: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one thing with you, what would it be and why?

(due Sept. 16; published Oct. 13)

Click here for the topic 1 form.

Topic 2: What is your worst bad habit? Why is it so hard to break?

(due Oct. 14; published Nov. 10)

Click here for the topic 2 form.

Topic 3: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

(due Nov. 11; published Dec. 15)

Click here for the topic 3 form.

Topic 4: If you could have any job, what would it be and why?

(due Jan. 13; published Feb. 16)

Click here for the topic 4 form.

Topic 5: Whom do you admire most and why?

(due Feb. 17; published March 16)

Click here for the topic 5 form.

Topic 6: Where do you see yourself at the age of 30? Why?

(due March 17; published April 13)

Click here for the topic 6 form.

Topic 7: What's the most important lesson you've learned? Why is that lesson so significant?

(due April 14; published May 18)

Click here for the topic 7 form.

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  • 2009-2010 Programs Find additional information here on programs for the 2009-2010 school year, as well as an order form.

    August 3, 2009

  • Brainwave Program Students respond to stimulating topics.

    August 3, 2009 1 Link

  • NIE Brainwave staff application After you complete the application and click "Submit," you may be informed that there was an error, even though your application was submitted successfully. If your application has been submitted, you will be notified via email within two business days.

    July 28, 2009

  • Newspaper In Education The Free Press' Newspaper in Education program works with principals, teachers, administrative assistants, and media specialists (anyone in education) to provide students with The Free Press for educational purposes. Various programs and activities are published or take place throughout the school year that help teach numerous topics. See below for more information on these programs and activites. Please contact Brooke at (507) 344-6326 or at for additional information.

    June 6, 2008