Special to the Midlothian Mirror

A new newspaper is coming in October — and it’s just for kids.

Waxahachie Newspapers, Inc. will begin publishing Kidsville News this fall, a 24-page, full-color monthly newspaper that will be made available to all kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Ellis County.

“Kidsville News will be different than any type of publication WNI now produces,” said Ray Pike, WNI vice president and publisher in making the announcement.

Kidsville News is a nationally produced educational newspaper developed by Kidsville News, Inc. of Fayetteville, N.C., currently licensed in 73 markets in 24 states and distributed to 850,000 children.

“With the educational content included in each month’s edition, we believe educators will be very excited about the opportunity to use this tool — especially since it will be provided to every elementary school requesting the product at absolutely no charge,” Pike said.

The content has been developed by KNI and includes stories, puzzles and games developed for elementary school students to improve skills and comprehension in geography, animals (science), math and reading.

“More importantly, we believe Kidsville News will provide a fun educational tool to enhance literacy for every grade school student in Ellis County,” Pike said.

Kidsville News will also have its own mascot, Truman, a 6-feet tall friendly dragon that will be making appearances in classrooms, business openings, libraries, parades and anywhere else Truman will find an opportunity to interact with children.

While the monthly newspaper will be made available free of charge to the schools and students requesting it, the publication is a business venture with production expenses involved.

“We are hoping to provide an opportunity for other businesses, organizations and groups in the community to assist us in sponsoring this tremendous tool for our elementary schools, teachers and students,” Pike said, adding that participating sponsors will be recognized in each edition.

Educators interested in learning more about Kidsville News, or to request copies for your elementary school campus, may contact Ray Pike at (972) 937-3310 or by e-mail at ray.pike@waxahachiedailylight.com.

Businesses, organizations and groups interested in becoming Kidsville News sponsors are also requested to contact Pike at the number above.