Celebrating its 18th year of commercial-free educational programming, CNN Student News returns to the nation´s classrooms on Monday, Aug. 20, with a toolkit of multi-platform offerings not available through any other student-targeted news network. The CNN Student News program in September also will offer exclusive content related to CNN´s groundbreaking Planet in Peril documentary.

In addition to broadcasting a 10-minute, student-focused news program each weekday during the school year, CNN Student News, with its in-house staff of educators, provides teachers, parents and students with free online curriculum materials, learning activities and discussion questions about current events at www.CNNStudentNews.com. There, users can also stream the daily newscast on-demand or download the podcast version, also available for free on iTunes.

Additionally, CNN Student News online users can access quizzes, maps, photos, and video on the largest news media player on the web. Students are also encouraged to submit their own i-Reports, CNN´s user-generated content initiative, on key issues, their summer vacations or any subject that strikes their interest by visiting www.CNN.com/iReport.

"We´re proud to offer students and educators the high-quality content they have come to expect from CNN Worldwide´s networks in a cost-free, commercial-free, educational setting," said Donna Krache, executive producer, CNN Student News. "The Planet in Peril offerings, for instance, are just one example of how CNN Student News goes beyond staid ´rip and read´ options to give educators and students content with more relevance, depth and interest."

Also featured for the upcoming school year will be programs and segments hosted by CNN Student News anchor Carl Azuz, who has covered every topic from the war in Iraq to the world´s most expensive ice cream sundae. In his "Off the Beaten Path" segments, Azuz gives students a taste of the lighter side of news. In addition, as the show resumes in August, the new blog "From A to Z with Carl Azuz" will talk about the news of the day and other topics relevant to the classroom.

CNN Presents: Planet in Peril, a sweeping four-hour documentary filmed in high definition across four continents and 13 countries, airs over two nights on CNN/U.S. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET/PT). Anchor Anderson Cooper, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet host and wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin will focus on four main issues that threaten the planet and its inhabitants: climate change, deforestation, species loss and overpopulation. In conjunction with the documentary, CNN Student News will offer four original segments on the documentary topics.

CNN Student News, CNN´s cost-and-commercial-free, ten-minute educational program for middle and high schools uses the vast resources of the CNN Worldwide to create news and information content specifically for the classroom. CNN Student News airs on Headline News, Monday – Friday throughout the school year at 4 a.m. (ET). The show is also streamed for the web at www.CNNStudentNews.com. CNN Student News, along with CNN Presents: Classroom Edition, is CNN´s contribution to Cable in the Classroom.

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