National Newspaper Week

Fairview Alpha Elementary first grade student Luke Alexander was spotted checking out an edition of the Natchitoches Times posted outside the front office. In the day of digital everything, a newspaper seems very retro. And of course, it is. The first newspaper was published in this country in 1690. As early as the 18th century, American newspapers flourished with the same core elements we still see in the 20th century: ink on paper reporting events in the local community. This week marks “National Newspaper Week,” a few days set aside to celebrate one of the most successful consumer products of all time. Schools still use newspaper articles to promote student success and achievement. The articles become a tangible part of the school history. FAE photo

St. Mary’s seniors Caroline Godfrey and Clary Smiley show newspapers displayed on a school bulletin board. The articles show academic, athletic and club accomplishments. The board serves to promote student success at all grade levels and become a permanent part of the school’s history. St. Mary’s photo
St. Mary’s seniors Reaves Hogg, Adam Parker, Caroline Godfrey, Clary Smiley and Anna Peluso, from left, see the newspaper board as a chronicle of their final year of high school.