Weekly Reader and the National Association for Bilingual Education Form New Partnership

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Educational Magazine sponsors Â?Being BilingualÂ? essay contest to create opportunities for students.

Weekly Reader, a leader in educational magazine publishing, and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), have teamed up to create exciting educational opportunities for bilingual students. This year, Weekly Reader will sponsor the 25th National Writing Contest for Bilingual students.

The contest, which is part of Weekly Reader's year-long "What's Your Story?" program of literacy activities, is open to all bilingual children grades 3 through 11. It runs from August 1–October 28, 2005.

“This contest was created to encourage bilingualism and biliteracy in English, Spanish and other languages and to develop the skills students need to excel in school,” said NABE Executive Director Jim Crawford. “Weekly Reader is an ideal education partner and we are grateful for their support.”

Though Weekly Reader has a long history of contests, this is the first time Weekly Reader has partnered with NABE for the bilingual essay contest. Both NABE and Weekly Reader agree it is a perfect fit and perfect timing as Weekly Reader publishes the first Spanish-English editions of its magazines, for grades K-1 and 2-plus.

“Weekly Reader prides itself on meeting the needs of children in today's world,” said Weekly Reader President Emily Swenson. “As being bilingual becomes more and more prominent, Weekly Reader is working harder to meet new education demands. The company is thrilled to be working with NABE on this contest.”

Students are encouraged to write an essay on an experience related to being bilingual. Some of the 2005 topics for the essay contest include “Growing up bilingual,” “Why I want to be bilingual,” and “My future bilingual career.” There will be one elementary school winner, one middle school winner, and one high school winner, selected by a panel of 15 judges from the Houston Independent School District. Each winner will receive a cash prize and a free trip to Phoenix, AZ, for the NABE Conference Awards Luncheon in January. For more information about the contest, log onto http://www.nabe.org for the guidelines and an application.

About NABE

The National Association for Bilingual Education is a nonprofit, 501©(3) organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence and equity for English language learners and to representing the professional educators who serve them. NABE members are teachers, administrators, college instructors, researchers, publishers, parents, students, and other advocates for language-minority children.

About Weekly Reader

Weekly Reader Corporation is a leading publisher of educational material. Created in 1902, Weekly Reader publishes sixteen educational magazines and a variety of other supplemental products that reinforce curriculum, help teachers meet standards, and engage students. All sixteen magazines have won awards for excellence in educational journalism. Weekly Reader currently serves approximately nine million students and 300,000 teachers nationwide.

About WRC Media

WRC Media Inc., a leading publishing and media company, creates and distributes innovative supplementary educational materials for the school, library, and home markets that are designed to help students reach their full learning potential. The company's products are recognized for their consistent high quality and proven effectiveness in improving student performance and achievement. WRC Media's operating companies include AGS Publishing, CompassLearning®, World Almanac Education Group, Inc., Weekly Reader Corporation, and WRC Consumer and Custom Publishing Group, which together market some of the best-known brands in educational publishing.

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(203) 705-3481

mtoschi@weeklyreader.com

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