The National Elementary Schools Press Association is an organization dedicated to helping elementary and middle schools start new and improve existing class and school newspapers. The association serves as a clearinghouse for schools interested in sharing information and newspapers with member schools from coast to coast.
NESPA was founded in 1994 at Carolina Day School in Asheville, NC by Mark Levin. Mark continues to serve as the association’s managing director. In 2011, the organization was transferred to the University of Alabama’s department of journalism and the Alabama Scholastic Press Association. Meredith Cummings, MJE took over as Executive Director.