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Parents, does your child’s school subscribe to The Free Lance-Star? If so, he or she is able to read the newspaper in class! Your child’s teacher may receive print copies of the paper or his or her school may subscribe digitally.

If the latter is the case, we encourage students to hop onto a computer and read the paper if they have a few extra minutes. A digital subscription allows all school computers to access The Free Lance-Star e-edition so students may read any newspaper from 2008 through today. A digital subscription also permits any school user to have free access to our tablet website, www.freelancestar.com, and our local community news source, fredericksburg.com.

Here’s a list of our 2013-2014 subscribing schools. If your child’s school does not subscribe to The Free Lance-Star, click here.

A. G. Richardson Elementary School
A. G. Wright Middle School
Abundant Life Academy
Anne E. Moncure Elementary School
Anthony Burns Elementary School
Battlefield Middle School
Berkeley Elementary School
Brooke Point High School
Chancellor High School
Chancellor Middle School
Colonial Beach High School
Colonial Forge High School
Conway Elementary School
Courtland High School
Dixon-Smith Middle School
Edward E. Drew Middle School
Emerald Hill Elementary School
Falmouth Elementary School
Ferry Farm Elementary School
Ferry Farm Elementary School
Fredericksburg Christian Upper School
Freedom Middle School
Garrisonville Elementary School
Gladys H. Oberle School
Grafton Village Elementary School
H. H. Poole Middle School
Hampton Oaks Elementary School
Harrison Road Elementary
Hartwood Elementary School
Hugh Mercer Elementary School
James Monroe High School
Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School
King George High School
King George Middle School
Lafayette Upper Elementary School
Locust Grove Middle School
Madison Elementary School
Margaret Brent Elementary School
Mountain View High School
Ni River Middle School
North Stafford High School
Park Ridge Elementary School
Post Oak Middle School
Riverbend High School
Rockhill Elementary School
Rocky Run Elementary School
Rodney E. Thompson Middle School
Salem Elementary School
Shirley C. Heim Middle School
Spotsylvania Middle School
Stafford Elementary School
Stafford Middle School
Stafford Senior High School
T. Benton Gayle Middle School
Thornburg Middle School
Walker-Grant Middle School
Washington & Lee High School
Widewater Elementary School
Winding Creek Elementary School

If your child’s school or teacher does not subscribe to The Free Lance-Star, it is easy for them to do so. Our new online ordering system allows individual teachers, media specialists or administrators to sign the entire school up for a daily e-edition that all students can access on any school computer! In addition, at school your child will have free access to the tablet website, (compatible with iPads, Kindle Fires, etc.) and Fredericksburg.com, our local community news link.

Why should your child’s school subscribe to The Free Lance-Star?

The Free Lance-Star is a textbook that changes daily and includes:
 • LOCAL connections to students’ lives
 • A variety of reading levels
 • Authentic models of narrative, expository & persuasive writing
 • Non-fiction test format
 • Pictures, graphs & maps
 • Real-world examples that add relevancy to teachers’ lessons

Also, using newspapers in the classroom increases student test scores. In 2003, a University of Michigan study compared reading scores from schools in 22 cities (big & small) that used newspapers regularly with schools that did not use newspapers.

In all cities, the results were the same: 10% increase in reading test scores.

The more newspapers were used throughout the year, the greater the gain. The greatest increase was gained by middle school students.

In schools with higher percentages of low-income, non-English speaking or minority student populations, the increase in test scores was as much as 29%!

Read the full report: NIE increases reading Scores.

Schools have several affordable purchasing options, including:
E-edition subscription - $50.00 a year for elementary schools and $75.00 a year for middle and high schools.
Print copies – 5 cents per copy; teachers may order copies for the entire school year or for set dates that coincide with a special project.

Contact your child’s teacher and ask him or her to subscribe to The Free Lance-Star!