NIE provides resources to nearly 30% of the total statewide student population by servicing over 193,000 Oklahoma students. Last year, we performed an analysis of our registered schools based on a report published by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. What we learned through that process is that 70% of the schools being served by our Newspapers in Education program are schools in which 50% or more of the student body participated in the Free Lunch program during the 2015 – 2016 school year. Our program offers teachers access to the Print Replica, Digital Archives, Curriculum Supplements, Statewide Student Contests, School Supply Drives and teacher grants. We also organize all school and regional spelling bees that funnel into the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee and work with community partners to actually host the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee. Ashley Howard is a San Diego native that moved to Oklahoma in November of 2014. With a Master’s Degree in Education, and a specialization in Assessment and Measurement, Howard was brought on to oversee The Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program in early 2015. In addition to leading The Oklahoman’s NIE initiative, Howard also oversees digital audience development through the Circulation Leadership team and manages promotional offers, direct response campaigns and a variety of engagement efforts. Howard lives in Yukon, Oklahoma with her husband and two fur children, Jaxon and Maggie.