DAILY NEWS WINS AWARD FOR EDUCATION.
The Daily News Educational Services Department has received the Newspaper Association of America Foundation's Program Excellence Award for developing an educational program focusing on the Holocaust.
The newspaper's ``Courage to Remember'' program, offered to schools throughout the Los Angeles area, earned the first-place award for original curriculum material.
The program was designed by the paper's Educational Services Department with the help of a consultant and the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. The museum provided materials, such as photos and letters from Holocaust victims, and hosted a training session for teachers.
``The program focuses on tolerance, understanding and respecting different races, cultures and groups within America. It's important so that students can learn how to get along with each other and respect each other,'' said Joni Roan, Educational Services manager.
``Courage to Remember'' is geared toward students in grades six through 12 and includes an instruction booklet for teachers with lessons about the events of the Holocaust. Free copies of the Daily News were provided to bolster the lesson, she said.
Roan estimated more than 42,000 youngsters participated in the 10-week program, which was first offered in February. The program will be available again next year, she added.
The NAA is a nonprofit organization representing more than 1,500 newspapers in the United States and Canada. The Excellence Award is designed to recognize newspapers' efforts to promote education and literacy.