Where will the future subscribers to The Catholic Globe come from?
It’s a question we ask ourselves every time the newspaper is published.
The answer has to be: From our young people, who will one day be parishioners in our churches.
Yet, they are not a typical newspaper reader and that is the challenge put before us.
How do we cultivate them?
We will be addressing this challenge with a new program called “The Globe in the Classroom” – not to be confused with a spinning earth on an axis.
We will be making available to ALL educators – in our schools AND religious education programs – up to 20 Globe newspapers FREE (during the school year), starting with our Sept. 17 edition.
This program is not unique to the Diocese of Sioux City. Other dioceses have implemented this endeavor with rave results.
What a tremendous resource for our educators – news and faith! Secular newspapers cannot provide this, but The Catholic Globe can.
Each edition of the newspaper will have a dedicated page with activities targeted toward a younger demographic, but other articles in the newspaper can be used with middle school and/or high school students.
This is a perfect fit for religious education, but it would help any instructor, be it English, social studies or science.
We will be working with the offices of education and catechesis to provide ideas on how to best use the content that will help students learn more about their faith. We also believe this will be a great tool for young people to learn about the diocese in which they reside.
Initializing this program will incur costs. We estimate this will add more than 1,000 newspapers to our press run, in addition to costs associated with distribution.
We must gratefully acknowledge our advertisers, who prayerfully considered our request to support this program, which we believe is a “win-win” for teachers and students – as we strive to introduce young people to the many advantages of reading The Catholic Globe.
GOLD: Briar Cliff University, Iowa Knights of Columbus
SILVER: Catholic School Foundation, Morningside College, RL Billings & Co.
BRONZE: Artisan Press, Mercy Medical Center, Orange City Area Health System, Pacific City Graphics, St. Anthony Hospital Regional Hospital and Nursing Home, Western Iowa Tech Community College
We could not implement this program without their generous, financial support.
Educators have been invited to participate in the program via their schools, administrators and directors of religious education. If you would like to be a part of this program, see page 16 for a registration form and submit the form as soon as possible, so as not to be left out of this wonderful collaboration The Globe is initiating with our educators.
Many thanks to all of you, dear readers, for your support as we continue to present the Good News to all.