Monday's Deseret News will be the textbook for students in all 40 of the state's school districts. More than 2,200 teachers will be using 54,000 newspapers for the 22nd annual No Books Day, sponsored Tuesday by the Deseret News Newspapers in Education department in honor of national Newspaper in Education Week.
No Books Day encourages students to connect their classroom lessons with the real world as they learn out of the newspaper for a day. Teachers received a packet of teaching information and instructional materials, a colorful classroom poster and No Books Day Jazz stickers for students to help with this task.
An educational section, "Utah Jazz: Real Health, Real Strength, Real Fitness," accompanies newspapers to classrooms and homes with Monday's paper. In addition to the regular news and features, the paper also contains the last installment of "Jazz 'n Geography" on the kids' page. And in Utah County, the paper is the first issue of the new Deseret News Utah County edition.
The educational section is especially timely in light of state and national concerns about children's health and fitness. A recent Utah Health Department study on children's health, one of the largest ever, identified one-fourth of all Utah kindergartners through eighth-graders as being an unhealthy weight, which can not only result in serious health risks in years to come, but can also become a lifelong habit.
Additional information on children's health and fitness can be found in the Deseret News Web archives at deseretnews.com, and additional teaching materials are available on the Deseret News NIE Web site at deseretnews.com/nie.
In 24 schools, every class is participating in No Books Day:
Carbon District: East Carbon High School.
Davis: Wasatch Elementary.
Duchesne: Altamont, East and Myton elementaries; Roosevelt Middle School.
Emery: Green River High School.
Garfield: Panguitch High School.
Granite: Hillside and Woodstock elementaries.
Jordan: Jordan Ridge Elementary.
Millard: Fillmore Elementary.
Murray: McMillan Elementary.
Nebo: Sage Creek Elementary.
Tooele: Smith and East elementaries.
Uintah: Ashley, Discovery and Todd elementaries.
Wayne: Loa Elementary; Wayne Middle School; Wayne High School.
Private and parochial schools: Helquist Academy and Reid School.