Watch a Recap of October’s Free Tuesday Event

More than 2,700 children and families attended the October 3rd Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s Free Tuesday event featuring a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Be My Neighbor” theme to encourage giving back to the community. Visitors were invited to create “Caring Neighbor Kits” – one to take home and one to donate. Each kit included a Daniel Tiger placemat, book, other themed items and packets of materials for families with information on PBS Kids educational resources and PNC Bank’s “Grow Up Great” early learning imitative. A Daniel Tiger Sweater Drive was held during the event and several large bins of sweaters, jackets and other clothing were collected and distributed to needy children through The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. In addition to a character meet and greet with Daniel Tiger, children and families participated in fun activities and enjoyed PBS Kids games on the WEDU Mobile Learning Lab tablets The event is funded by a generous grant from The Fred Rogers Company and PNC Bank.


Schools took on the Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge

YOU STEPPED IT UP, SANDERS!
Congratulations to the students and teachers of Sanders Memorial Elementary, a S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Magnet in Pasco County for taking on the Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge! Approximately 750 students and teachers used their bodies and their brains to increase math skills and improve fitness levels with this innovative program from Cyberchase. Each morning, students put on a pedometer to keep count of their steps and at the end of the day entered that number into a digital mileage tracker. Throughout the five-week program, teachers came up with all sorts of clever ways to help increase steps. Students received incentives for each new level they achieved along the way and a cool certificate and poster congratulating them on the increase in steps at the end of the program. Teachers also received strategies from Cyberchase for using the gathered data in creative math activities.

The Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge was made possible by a grant award to WEDU PBS by Thirteen Productions LLC. If you’re interested in taking on the Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge with your students, please contact Gail Taylor, Director of Educational Services, at [email protected].


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Local Events

Daniel Tiger: October 2017 Free Tuesday

Visitors to the October 2017 Free Tuesday event at Glazer Children’s met Daniel Tiger, donated a new or very gently used sweater or sweatshirt to share with a needy child as a part of the “Daniel Tiger Caring Neighbor Sweater Drive,” and created Daniel Tiger Caring Neighbor Kits. The WEDU Daniel Tiger Be My Neighbor Free Tuesday was supported by PNC Grow Up Great and The Fred Rogers Company. Free Tuesday is a collaboration between WEDU PBS and Glazer Children’s Museum. Admission is free from noon to 7 p.m. courtesy of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.

Educator Workshops

Grant will support free PBS workshops

Thanks to a generous grant award from the GiveWell Community Foundation, WEDU PBS will provide workshops to Polk County educators highlighting strategies for incorporating PBS instructional materials and innovative digital tools into the learning environment. Presentations will include Florida PBS LearningMedia, a free education service featuring more than 125,000 PreK-13+ resources, drawn from quality PBS content and more than 400 educational partners and aligned to National, Common Core, Next Generation Science and Florida Standards of Education. The generous support of our community partners allows WEDU to offer workshops at no cost to public and private schools, media specialists, early learning providers, homeschool groups, out-of-school-time programs and colleges.

For more information or to schedule a free workshop, please contact Gail Taylor, Director of Educational Services, [email protected] or (813)739-2912.

Local Events

Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award

MILO – the Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity initiative has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Florida Library Association’s Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award. This award honors one outstanding Florida library youth program annually that promotes reading, literacy and library use.

Lorie Tonti, Manager of Library Learning Experiences, will be accepting the award on behalf of the library at the opening session of the Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando on May 10th.

WEDU PBS Phyllis L. Ensign Library Corners

WEDU is donating multimedia library corners to public libraries throughout our 16 county viewing area in honor of Phyllis L. Ensign. Four library corners have been launched already, and we’re now accepting applications for the next round. Learn more and apply!

Local Partnerships

Academy Prep Media Club

Academy Prep Center for Education has introduced a new activity for its enrichment program, the Academy Prep Media Club. In partnership with WEDU PBS and staff and students from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, the Academy Prep Media Club teaches AP students about video production and the principles of journalism. More


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