Parents of teenagers may not believe it, but cell phones can have a positive connection to education.
Every school system in Huron County is provided with newspapers through the Newspapers In Education program. However, the Reflector has to "recoup some money to pay for putting out the papers," Circulation Director Carol McLaughlin said.
The current fundraiser is recycling old cell phones. The Reflector will send in the used phones to an established cell phone recycling company and get some funding for NIE in return.
It costs 9 cents for each paper, and last year 80,000 papers were delivered to the area schools, totaling a cost of about $7,200 to put out the papers.
"Everybody that has an old cell phone in the drawer, just bring it in," McLaughlin said. The program, which started a week ago and runs until the end of the Huron County Fair on Aug. 18, has collected about 25 phones so far. More are needed to help support the program.
The Reflector has received letters of thanks from the faculty of area schools such as EHOVE, Norwalk and Plymouth, McLaughlin said. The newspapers are used in classrooms for a variety of educational purposes: studying government, English, reading, writing, current events, learning to search for jobs and more.
If you are interested, bring old cell phones to the Norwalk Reflector, or the Reflector booth at the fair, located in the Commercial Barn.