The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 3, 2009

2009-2010 Programs


SPELLING BEE (late enrollment deadline: Dec. 18th, 2009; regional spelling bee: Feb. 9th, 2010 @ 5:30 p.m.)

Contact Bridget Serig ( or 507-389-2509) with the South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) for additional information. The Free Press will be working with SCSC (who will be sponsoring the spelling bee).

Register at the National Spelling Bee.

DESIGN AN AD (due Wed., March 24th; Published Thurs., April 15th)

Students in grades seven through twelve design ads for a business. The business chooses one ad for publication in a special supplement.

If you wish to participate, please email with "Design An Ad" in the subject line and include your name, your school & address, as well as the grade and number of students that will be participating. The deadline to register is Friday, February 5, 2010.

Click here for additional information necessary to complete the project.

Click here for the blank ad template and make sure to include this with each ad (print & add to the bottom of each blank ad before copying).


Visit the Minnesota Newspaper Association web site and click on "Target Date" at the left to download a teacher's guide and daily and weeklies papers lists.

CLASS OF 2022 (due Fri., April 30th; Published Sat., May 22nd)

Kindergarten students state what they want to be when they grow up and explain why. Click here for more information.


- Reading resources can be found at the Reading Rockets web site.

- Go to The Five Freedoms Project to access resources for administrators, teachers, and students regarding the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

- Visit the Newspaper Association of America Founation web site to access resources to help students become engaged and literate citizens through the use of newspapers and other media.

- Go to the National Freedom of Speech Week (NFSW) web site, for ideas of ways to commemorate NFSW, which is October 19-25, 2009.

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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