News-Record launches ‘Baby of the Year' contest

Proud parents who have a spare $5 and and a snapshot of their baby or toddler could win braggin' rights as the the News-Record's ‘Baby of the Year.'

The newspaper has launched a fund-raising campaign to benefit Newspaper in Education - an international program which works to advance the use of newspapers in schools. The main purpose of the program is to improve reading, spelling and writing abilities.

Submitted photos of children age 3 and under will be published Nov 16 and readers will have one week to vote for their favorites by donating 25 cents with every vote.

“You can vote as many times as you want for your favorite photograph,” said Mark Rogers, advertising director for the News-Record.

The entry receiving the most votes will be featured on the cover of a planned “Baby of the Year” 2008 calendar which will feature top entries throughout.

Winners will be determined by the number of votes cast and the 13 most popular entries will be professionally photographed for the glossy, full-color print calendar.

“There will be not cost to the winners for the photo session,” Rogers said. “There is no ‘catch,' just an opportunity to showcase our area children and raise money for a deserving educational program.”

Entries will be accepted through 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

See page 8a of today's edition for entry details.

Questions should be directed to Rogers at 542-5533.