It was a paper carrier's nightmare.
Luckily there was a truck available when Spanish Fork Intermediate School ordered 875 copies of the Deseret News delivered.The school was participating in Deseret News' eighth annual `No Books Day.' Classes statewide were invited to shelve their texts and learn from newspapers. Thirty-two schools took the Deseret News up on its offer, and ordered a total of 42,427 papers.
But few took on the project with such zeal as the Spanish Fork school. Every student in a social studies or Utah history class received a paper and will study it for the rest of the week.
"It's fun to do this for a change, but my book never made my fingers gray," said Tyler Briggs, 12, a student in Rob Christmas' sixth-grade social studies class. No problem; Christmas passed out "baby wipes" at the end of the class. And assistant principal Kim Barlow said the exercise had been very informative.
"You can tell who the hard workers are by looking at their fingers."
Briggs said class was more fun than usual because he got to read the sports section.
The teachers' plan for Wednesday was for students to identify types of stories - world, national, regional, state and local. The rest of the week will be spent studying current events and learning to using various parts of the paper.
Camylle Steinfeldt, 12, a student in Brent Clark's Utah studies class, found her own way to use the paper. When she ran out of notebook paper, she did her homework on it.
"I always like to read the A section because it tells you what's going on in the world," Steinfeldt said. "I read the paper every time I get really bored."
(Her family undoubtedly subscribes to a paper less fascinating than the Deseret News.)
But at least Steinfeldt was working in the right section. When Clark asked the class to find an international story, most flipped to sports or comics and one turned to the classifieds.
Once everyone was on the right section, the class got to work. Students and teacher discussed the Eastern Airlines strike, the growth in Utah's population and expected layoffs at Signetics Corp., an Orem circuit and semiconductor producer.
Barlow said this was the first time his school had participated in the program, but it was such a success it will probably be repeated.
"It has been very educational, and when we are done, we will have enough papers for a paper drive."