Peg + Cat 100th Day of School

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, several partners held a Peg + Cat 100th Day of School event this past month. Both Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park and Boys & Girls Club East enjoyed playing the Peg + Cat “Peg’s Pizza Place” activity as well as select videos on the number 100.  For the second year, Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center held a full morning of activities for their Kindergarten classes. The library was filled with centers all themed around the number 100!

Anita Uphaus EC Center
Anita Uphaus EC Center
Boys & Girls Club East
Boys & Girls Club East
Foundation Communities: Trail at the Park
Foundation Communities: Trail at the Park

American Graduate Champion: Karen Grampp

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

karen-gramppToday’s Champion is Karen Grampp. Grampp is a volunteer and coordinates Friday Backpack Program at Anderson Mill Elementary School, a Title 1 school in northwest Austin. The program provides food items for children to take home each Friday. The majority of these students primarily get their food from free breakfast and lunch at school during the week and would not have food on the weekends without the Friday Bakcpack Program. Grampp organizes a team of volunteers, primarily senior citizens from the Anderson Mill Senior Activity Center and the Church of the Savior, to both gather the food and pack the backpacks for the students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said:  ”Karen Grampp is thought of as the one who coordinates for the nourishment of our children’s bodies. The work she does is more than that. She gives senior citizens a purpose. She is a mentor to children and adults. Karen Grampp does more than provide food for the children of Anderson Mill. She helps prepare a future for our community.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Today is the day to Amplify!

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Are you ready? Lets Amplify KLRU-TV!

In just a few short hours our city will make history and we need your help!

Give: Donate online starting at 6pm TODAY until 6pm on March 6th at amplifyatx.org/klru.

Engage: Join KLRU at Frank, 407 Colorado St 78701, at 6pm TODAY! Celebrate philanthropy in Austin and watch as your donation makes an impact. Hosted by NEXT, KLRU’s young professionals group.

Amplify: Your Amplify Austin gift to KLRU will make your PBS station eligible for bonus donations thanks to incentive donations from the day’s sponsors.

Thank you for supporting KLRU and bringing public television to our Central Texas community!

American Graduate Champion: Terrany Johnson

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

terrany-johnsonToday’s Champion is Terrany Johnson. For more than 20 years, Johnson has been a hip hop artist, producer and activist. He is founder of the Urban Artist Alliance, which is dedicated to the continued education of musicians. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: Johnson is inspiring because he is “an African American man born and raised on the east side of Austin, Texas who hurdled past obstacles to grow a business and a legacy. {He is inspiring to} others who rarely see that image to know it is possible to be what they want to be not what the media or others say they should be. He focuses on youth seeing an image of themselves doing great things to be able to break through constant walls designed to keep them back.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Favi Parrilla

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

favi-parrillaToday’s Champion is Favi Parrilla. Parrilla, a Parent Educator at Any Baby Can, provides case management services to pregnant/parenting moms. She works with clients one-on-one, most often meeting with them at home or school. She teaches them about child development, parenting skills, and together they set educational/career goals. She has also implement online literacy classes in conjunction with Austin Free-Net to help teach Any Baby Can clients basic online literacy skills including how to conduct an online job search. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “It’s inspiring to know that one idea can turn into a program which can then lead to others having a better understanding of the importance of education. As a result of someone’s idea, some of Favi’s clients decided to go back to school and finish their GED’s and also land full time jobs. This story can inspire others to use their ideas and turn them into realities for the benefit of helping others.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Joshua Moreno

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Joshua Moreno, a teacher and coach at Paredes Middle School.  In this video, Christian Palacios, a student at McCallum High School, talks about why Moreno is his champion.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Your Favorites Week Returns!

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You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Drive and once again we’re pledging to do things a little bit different this time around.

You’ve told us that during our fundraising drives you don’t get an opportunity to support the programs that you regularly tune into here each week. In response, during our Winter Fundraising Drive, we provided you with one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime programming. Your Favorites week was such a success, we’re pledging to do it again!

Today, you can support Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece Theater. And we have some fun ways to thank you when you support some of your favorite shows right now, like a chance to win tickets to see Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on April 23rd or see an Austin City Limits taping of Sturgill Simpson on April 1st!

It’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week in order to help us transform the way we fundraise on-air.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now – and keep the best in television, on television – for everyone in the Central Texas community!

KLRU News Brief: ‘Dreamers’ and Lawmakers Await Decision on Pres. Obama’s Immigration Action

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend, our KLRU News Brief looks at the recent court injunction of President Obama’s two immigration programs: an expansion of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the implementation of DAPA, which allows parents of lawful resident children to be free of deportation and to obtain work permits. On Monday, the Obama Administration appealed the injunction.

Denise Gilman, UT Law Professor and Director of the school’s Immigration Clinic, told us the final decision about the legality of the program probably won’t be made for months or even years. For now it’s on hold, but Gilman believes we’ll know in the next few weeks if the DACA expansion and DAPA can be implemented in the meantime.

Governor Greg Abbott filed the lawsuit while he was Texas Attorney General. He accuses President Obama of ignoring the law.

“We have in the President’s executive order, an action in utter violation of the Constitution – of the President trying to circumvent around Congress and impose his own dictatorial mandates concerning immigration laws in this nation.” Governor Abbott said on February 18th. “The decision by Judge Hanen was far more than a victory for Texas and the other 25 states who joined us. This was a victory for America, and for the rule of law, and a victory for the Constitution. I am confident that as this case works its way up through the appellate process we will continue to win.”

Juan and Mizraim Belman are young immigration activists and members of the University Leadership Initiative. They crossed the border in 2003 from Mexico. Juan is a student at UT, Mizraim is a Junior at Crockett High School. They have two younger brothers who were born in the U.S., so if DAPA is implemented their parents will qualify to obtain legal status. In 2011, their father was detained and began deportation proceedings.

“We didn’t know what was going to happen, if he was going to get deported. In my mind I didn’t know if we were going to have to go back or if I was going to have to stay here by myself,” Juan said. “It was my first year at UT, my first semester, and all these things were going on and I didn’t know what to do.”

The family hired a lawyer and paid a $5,000 fine. In 2013 their father’s case was administratively closed because the court had too many other cases and he wasn’t seen as a priority for deportation. Both men are hopeful the courts will uphold President Obama’s action.

“I was crying out of happiness when Obama announced the expansion of DACA and DAPA because I knew all the hard work and organizing had paid off,” Juan said. “And I knew my parents would have the opportunity to receive a work permit and stay in the U.S. But now, with this injunction, it’s kind of heartbreaking.”

We followed the brothers at the State Capitol earlier this week where they lobbied lawmakers to continue providing in-state tuition for undocumented students who graduate from Texas high schools. Our partners at The Texas Tribune released a poll today showing Texans are split on that issue. You can find the poll results and analysis from the Tribune’s Ross Ramsey here.

You can see this story in the video above.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. We won’t have News Briefs for the next two weeks due to our pledge drive. But, you can find our previous local and state stories here and our American Graduate stories here

Science Night 3/4

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation “Flying High” at 7pm
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies at 8:30 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

 

Highlights March 1-7

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Just three challenges lie between the three finalists and the trophy on the finale of the Great British Baking Show at 6:30 pm Sunday.

The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton Abbey for a joyful Christmas holiday on Masterpiece Theater Downton Abbey season 5 finale at 8 pm Sunday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration at 10 pm Sunday recaps  the first two Seasons of Mr. Selfridge and presents a sneak peek at Season 3, which starts later this month.

Find out what treasures the Antiques Roadshow crew found in Austin last summer Monday at 7 pm.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Find out more on Independent Lens Monday at 8:30 pm.

Told by female business leaders, Makers Women in Business at 7 pm Tuesday takes a candid look at what it takes to make it and a celebrates the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

Nature Earthflight at 7 pm Wednesday goes behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made, including the extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Microlights, paragliders, drones, and camera-carrying birds and much more helped along the way.

Nova at 8:30 pm Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Back-to-back Overheard with Evan Smith episodes feature two of Austin’s most creative citizens. First at 7 pm, Richard Linklater talks about Boyhood. Next, Lawrence Wright talks about his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

Discover the man behind the music on John Denver Country Boy at 8 pm Friday. This intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter features friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Grow up with vines to screen, shade, and attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bountiful front yard captivates neighbors and wildlife, where in back serenity rules in part shade.

Father Brown: Saving Souls, Solving Crimes at 7 pm Saturday  features clips from the season and interviews with the cast including: Mark Williams (Father Brown), Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy), Nancy Carrol (Lady Felicia), Alex Price (Sid Carter), and Tom Chambers (Inspector Sullivan).