The NIE Reading Zone

Published May 7, 2007

Welcome to this special St. Petersburg Times Newspaper in Education section for learners of all ages. On 12 selected Mon-days through May (see schedule, this page), the NIE Reading Zone will be published to accommodate most of the Tampa Bay area school districts' schedules. We won't print on Mondays when a majority of schools are not in session, so classes won't miss out.

El Lector:

This serialized young adult novel by William Durbin, set in Ybor City, is a delightful, historical read about young Bella Lorente, who longs to be a reader in a cigar factory, just like her beloved grandfather. A study guide and links to other resources are available online at tampabay.com/nie.

Kid Scoop:

You're never too young to learn from the newspaper. This nationally syndicated illustrated activity feature targets elementary students and preschoolers with fun for family and classroom, on the next page.

GET INVOLVED: To sponsor an NIE classroom, call toll free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 2203.

Contest deadline near:

Maya Angelou, who will appear at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on May 24, has inspired millions with her words. Now, we want you to write a poem inspired by something you have read in the Times. Winners and their teacher will each receive two tickets to see her. For contest rules, go to tampabay.com/nie and click on CONTESTS in the side menu. Deadline is TODAY!