2022 FPES Friend of Newspaper in Education

2022 FPES Friend of Newspaper in Education

Florida Press Educational Services presented the 2022 Friend of NIE award to Pasco County Recycling Division at the Florida Media Conference in Ponte Vedra. Pasco County Solid Waste Director Dr. Justin Roessler accepted the award.

Pasco County Recycling is committed to reducing the waste stream through recycling and reuse, encouraging environmental stewardship, and providing information and presentations to educate citizens about recycling and the benefits of waste reduction.

Pasco County Recycling has made an annual Newspaper in Education publication an integral part of their solid waste and recycling education and outreach program for almost two decades. The publication is used for outreach to schools, inserted in the newspaper for Pasco County residents and given out at community outreach events throughout the year.

Each year, the publication is pegged to the county’s annual Earth Day celebration in April, and Tampa Bay Times subscribers have come to expect it in their paper each spring. The 2022 publication, Pasco Recycling, is a collaboration between Pasco County and Tampa Bay Times staff.

This publication has become one of the county’s main vehicles for getting important solid waste and recycling information out to residents.

The Friend of NIE award recognizes individuals and organizations that have shown extraordinary commitment to increasing literacy by supporting the mission of Newspaper in Education programs throughout the state of Florida. Pasco County Recycling was chosen as the 2022 Friend of NIE for its dedication and support of the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program and Pasco County schools.

Florida Press Educational Services, Inc. (FPES) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of newspaper professionals that promotes reading and critical thinking, particularly for young people. The primary objective for NIE programs is to build future newspaper readers and to expose young people to quality journalism. For more information about FPES, visit fpesnie.org.