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WTCI supports education throughout the Tennessee Valley on-air, in the community and online. As the region's largest classroom, WTCI provides on-air PBS KIDS programming on both the main channel and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. To support success in school WTCI provides and promotes online educational resources to parents, students and educators, hosts professional development trainings for educators and hosts community educational outreach events.
WTCI collaborates with businesses, educational partners and community partners to provide resources and outreach to families and students throughout the region. As one of five cities hosting the Remake Learning Days Across America project, WTCI is taking a leadership role in spotlighting innovations in early education and has spearheaded local initiatives, including a pilot Learning Lounge project, to provide resources and support for underserved families of children preparing to enter Kindergarten.
(ARTS, MAKER, SCIENCE, TECH CATEGORY ACTIVITIES)
WTCI will host a “SUMMER LEARNING CELEBRATION” event on Saturday, May 11th. This kickoff event will invite children and their families from throughout the county to the Tennessee Valley’s community PBS station to enjoy free educational resources that encourage summer learning, meet organizations hosting summer learning programs, summer camps and other educationally-based enrichment activities.
Education mission-based partners will exhibit at this open house event and share the resources, opportunities and experiences that they offer with guests. Children and families of all ages will enjoy engaging with PBS KIDS mascots and children will have opportunities to enjoy science experiments, iPad/tablet games, storytelling and more.
Parents will have the opportunity to sign their children up for free book programs, summer literacy events, summer enrichment programs, school-based Kindergarten readiness programs and other community-based opportunities.
Specific PBS events during this day will include:
- PBS KIDS Character Meet & Greet with iPad/tablet character game and activity sheet takeaway
- Green Screen activity and PBS LearningMedia takeaway activity sheet
- Activity partner physical challenge/obstacle course with science connection
- PBS KIDS Hopscotch Game
- PBS KIDS Scavenger Hunt with Prize