Uvalde Leader-News Newspapers In Education coordinator Olga Charles was recently selected by the State Board of Education as a Hero for Children due to her outstanding volunteer service to area schoolchildren.
According to a press release by the organization, Charles was nominated by a Uvalde resident.
Charles is among 15 volunteers who will be recognized as the 2017 Heroes for Children at the Sept. 15 meeting of the State Board of Education in Austin. A plaque and resolution will be presented to Charles during the board meeting.
The Heroes for Children portion of the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. that day.
Newspapers In Education provides newspaper and curriculum additions as an educational supplement for students in Uvalde, Knippa and Batesville. As NIE coordinator, Charles has taken students from Knippa and Uvalde to Austin to tour the capitol building and meet lawmakers, including Tracy O. King and Carlos Uresti.
She arranges for guest speakers to visit local classrooms. She also speaks to students about the rich local history of our area to help them take ownership of their community.
NIE sponsors still needed
The Uvalde Leader-News is looking for sponsors for its Newspapers in Education program.
The program provides newspapers and curriculum additions as an educational supplement for students in Uvalde, Knippa and Batesville.
Olga Charles, NIE coordinator, speaks to students of all ages in the classroom about the rich local history of our area to help them take ownership of their community.
Donations make it possible for children and teachers to receive the newspaper and have access to the more than 300 online resources provided by Newspapers in Education.
The cost for one student’s subscription is $14 – less than half the price of a regular subscription – and an entire classroom can receive the newspaper for $280.
The goal of the Newspapers in Education program is to help local newspapers foster community involvement, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in school-aged children. These skills can help children grow up to be successful members of the community and make better life decisions.
Donations made payable to NIE are tax deductibleand can be mailed to the Uvalde Leader-News, 110 N. East St., Uvalde, TX., 78801.