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BY DEVIN HEFLIN

The editorial staff at The Orlando Times newspaper is proud to present this story again for our readers, to highlight students and schools that are producing pages. We welcome South Lake High School as our newest high school.  

We take this time as well to give a Special Thank you to our partners, both past and present, whose contributions to the circulation of newspapers throughout sixty schools in Central Florida has greatly extended the readership demographic of school age youth to The Orlando Times newspaper, introducing the publication to newer generations.
It’s this unique partnership with the Central Florida business community that continues to increase The Orlando Times circulation annually. Business owners that partner with The Orlando Times also have the opportunity to publish stories on their career experiences, which inspires students.
This time is also taken to thank all of the respective school systems of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake County for their participation and for a job well done this 2014-2015 school year.
It’s rare that newspapers give students a chance to showcase their talents, yet what’s kept The Orlando Times newspaper as the number one voice of the community is this act of rarity.
The High School Page Placement Program, started by The Times in the year 2000, is a program where The Orlando Times newspaper partners with high schools throughout Central Florida, and students are able to produce pages that will feature in The Orlando Times newspaper on a weekly basis.
This program began as an outgrowth of the Partnership of Education program. The Orlando Times Publisher, Dr. Calvin Collins Jr., worked with the school boards, specifically Orange and Seminole Counties to begin the program. Because of budget constraints, school boards were unable to financially support the program.  The various county school boards at the time had financially committed to other endeavors, but The Orlando Times newspaper staff worked with members of the business community to support the program.
The business community sponsored the circulation of newspapers into Central Florida High Schools through Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake Counties. Through their support, the business support became the Partners of Education program, which continues to today.
Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, thinks highly of the program as well. “I think it’s wonderful that high school students have an opportunity to gain experience in the field of media.” She said.
“Being a participant of the High School Page Placement program is beneficial in many ways. Our school, our students and our community benefit from the partnership.” said Richard Stokes, journalism teacher at East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida.
“Students often times enter a Journalism elective with no expectations of the program. The structure of the class and the work we do with The Orlando Times affords us the opportunity to expose students to real-time journalism expectations from inception to finished product.”
The Orlando Times newspaper is the only weekly publication that provides this opportunity and partnership to High Schools.
​"We are very thankful and pleased that The Orlando Times provides a unique forum for our students to showcase the many amazing events and programs taking place at their schools." said Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools.
With the valued partnership of schools, sponsors and the community, The Orlando Times newspaper will continue to take the opportunity to give the opportunity to students.
          







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