Thank you to all who voted in the pet calendar contest

By Steve Boggs

Congratulations to all who entered the 2014 NIE Pet Calendar Contest. With help from the entrants and those who voted in the contest this summer, we were able to raise more than $9,100 to support the Saline Courier’s Newspapers In Education program.
Our top 12 vote-getters visited the Courier Friday evening to determine placement on the calendar and set up a professional photography session. The photo sessions and production of the calendar will take place over the next couple of months, and the final product will be available for sale prior to Thanksgiving. The calendars sell for $2 each, and will be available for pre-order on Oct. 1.
The Newspapers In Education program provides copies of the Courier for use in the school at no charge to the teachers, students or school districts throughout the school year. This year’s NIE program kicks off Sept. 3, with distribution to dozens of classrooms throughout the county. If any teacher wants to take part in the program, please call us at 315-8228 to sign up. Thanks to the Pet Calendar Contest, there are more openings this year than ever before.
For more than 30 years, the newspaper industry has reached out to students of all ages to promote reading. By providing free copies of the newspaper for use in the classroom, the NIE program promotes civic responsibility as well as fosters interest in reading. Our NIE program utilizes the Tuesday edition, which also features education news from throughout the county. There’s a good chance that many of students reading an NIE-sponsored paper will see a picture of themselves in that edition.
The Pet Calendar Contest itself first became popular in the mid-1980s. It is not designed to be an annual event, and will not be held next year in the Courier. However, thanks to the participants in this year’s contest, the NIE program can expand and provide additional copies of the paper to more classrooms than ever before.
The pet owners who finished in the Top 12 this year will take part in the fair parade Sept. 3 on the Courier float. Be sure to wish them well and thank them for making this year’s NIE fund-raising the drive the best in Courier history.

Steve Boggs, publisher of The Saline Courier.