The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 3, 2009

2009-2010 Programs


Feb. 16th - May 25th. 15 chapters.

Join eleven-year-old Julie as she finds a lost fairy tale, from the Brothers Grimm, in the attic of her grandmother's southern plantation. The manuscript was brought over on the ship, the Kaiser Wilhelm, by eleven-year-old Cordelia Grimm, and lef in the care of Julie's grandmother almost fifty years ago. When Julie meets the editor of her local newspaper, plans are made to surprise both Julie's grandmother and the people in her town.

Click here for the accompanying teacher guide.

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BRAINWAVE. Brainwave essays will be published monthly seven times throughout the school year: October 13, November 10, December 15, February 16, March 16, April 13, and May 18. Click here for additional information.


PARADE TEEN NEWSBREAK. Connect students with the world by making current events relevant through debates, news quizzes, and hot news tips. Have students complete the current events quizzes in the paper each Thursday after they have been paying attention to the news for the previous week. Check out the Parade Teen Newsbreak Teacher's Guide which includes lesson plans and activity ideas.

Important Dates

HOLIDAY WISHES (due Fri., Dec. 4th; Published Tues., Dec. 15th)

Students in grades kindergarten through twelve may write and/or draw a response to the question, "If you could have ONE holiday wish, what would it be and why?" As many responses as possible will be published in the December 15 paper, with some responses appearing online as well.

Click here for additional information.

Click here to print a form for your students to use.

LETTERS TO SANTA (due Fri., Dec. 4th; Published Fri., Dec. 18th)

First and second grade students may send their letters to Santa to the Free Press. Some will be published December 18, and, regardless of whether or not they are published, all letters will be forwarded to Santa.

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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