KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween

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KLRU Kids celebrates Halloween with several special programs!

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Monday, Oct. 27, at 8 am and 2 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 am and 2 pm
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin — a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George’s quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth? Only the curious will find out!

Thomas & Friends Tricks and Trails
Monday, Oct. 27, at 12:30 pm
When Bill and Ben see new engine Conner for the first time, they decide to play a trick on him and pretend to be able to go faster than him.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That Trick or Treat
Monday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 pm; Friday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 pm
Nick and Sally are making Halloween masks, but they want to make them really scary.

SuperWhy! The Ghost Who Was Afraid Of Halloween
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 am
It’s Halloween in Storybrook Village and Pig is so frightened, he won’t go Trick or Treating with his friends!

Thomas & Friends Spooky Charms
Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 pm
James tries to scare Percy by telling him that there’s a ghost at Ulfstead Castle.

Dinosaur Train “Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 am
Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween.

Arthur “D.W.’s Stray Netkitin / Bats In The Belfry”
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3 pm
D.W. is panicked when a “Scary Clown” virus ruins the Read family computer. Who will take care of her virtual Netkitin pet? Arthur and D.W. are thrilled when Grandma Thora lets them turn her attic into a clubhouse.

Martha Speaks Giant Pumpkin
Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 pm
Carolina finds a story that’s stranger than she bargained for.

Word Girl Tobey’s Tricks and Treats
Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 am
After losing the costume contest at school, Tobey sets his Robots on a candy-stealing spree and vows to ruin Halloween.

 

KLRU at the Texas Book Festival 10/26

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KLRU Educational Services will be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend! On Sunday, October 26th, from noon – 3 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog and KLRU’s Ed Services team will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th). Children can use our iPads loaded with learning apps and parents can find out about educational resources available from PBS.

KLRU receives CPB American Graduate community service grant

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has been awarded a $200,000 American Graduate community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant’s purpose is to raise awareness in Central Texas about the true costs of our youth leaving school before graduation, as well as efforts conducted in our region to reduce dropout rates.

High school graduation rates are an important indicator of the community’s health, and high dropout rates have serious economic consequences. The E3 Alliance, one of KLRU’s partner organizations, has estimated that the cost of a single class year of dropouts in Central Texas is $435 million. “The time, energy, and resources we invest now to address this challenge will pay important dividends in the overall social and economic health of our community,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and general manager of KLRU.

In a celebration and launch of the grant, KLRU is participating in CPB’s American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 27, and will host an all-day programming special from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that will include national and local panels, content, and discussion regarding education and graduation topics and issues. Learn more about American Graduate Day.

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American Graduate Day 9/27

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American Graduate Day is a live national, multi-platform broadcast event focusing on the individuals and organizations working in communities across the country to keep students on the path to graduation. Watch KLRU for this special day of programming on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The day will focus on several topics that impact dropout numbers. KLRU will feature local panel discussions during each segment (panelists subject to change). The day will be moderated by Ben Kramer, KLRU’s Director of Educational Services, Vanessa Santamaria Dainton, Early Childhood Education Specialist, and Kennedy Huff, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab All-Star and Pflugerville High School Student.

10:00am-11:00am Early Education
Sue Carpenter, Senior Director, United Way’s Success By 6
Muya Hayes, Manor ISD
James Butler, AISD 2014 Teacher of the Year, Gullett Elementary School

11:00am-12:00pm Caring, Consistent Adults
Kevin Brackmeyer, Manor ISD Superintendent
Mary Libby, Former President, Texas Counseling Association / High School Counselor
Alfonso Longoria, McNeil High School Football Coach

12:00pm-1:00pm More and Better Learning
Richard Tagle, CEO, Andy Roddick Foundation
Temp Keller, Founder, WonderLab
Felicia Adams, STEM Teacher, University of Texas Elementary School

1:00pm-2:00pm Special Needs Communities
Key Richardson, Program Director, CASA of Travis County
Angie Tyler, Family & Juvenile Transition Services, The Arc of the Capital Area
Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education, Austin ISD

2:00pm-3:00pm STEAM
Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director, Creative Action
Melanie Moore, Executive Director, KDK-Harman Foundation
Amanda Longtain, Director of Programs, Skillpoint Alliance

3:00pm-4:00pm Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement
Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director, E3 Alliance
Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO, Changing Expectations
Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison

4:00pm-5:00pm College and Career Readiness
David Laude, Sr. Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management , University of Texas
Lynn Garcia, Board of Directors, Breakthrough Austin
Billy Harden, Head of School, Goodwill Excel Center

Pflugerville student participates in NewsHour reporting lab & American Graduate Day

Kennedy Huff is a participant in KLRU’s PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab project. She was selected as a Reporting Lab All-Star to attend the 2014 PBS Student Reporting Labs Workshop in Washington D.C. this summer. Huff will also be participating in American Graduate Day live on KLRU Sept. 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Kennedy huffKLRU asked Kennedy to tell us about her experience this summer at the NewsHour.

I didn’t expect that being named a member of the inaugural class of PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars would lead me to a White House Q&A with the executive director of the Joining Forces Initiative and a one-on-one conversation with presidential debate moderator and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill. But we’ll get to that later.

On August 7, I touched down in our nation’s capitol for the 2014 Student Reporting Labs Boot Camp, which included students and teachers from across the country. It was quite surreal to be in the same city as our Commander-in-Chief, and the city where journalistic greats Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein exposed one of the largest scandals politics has seen. I hoped some of the city’s magic would rub off on me over the next couple days.

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KLRU Kids Fall Schedule 2014

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KLRU’s fall 2014 lineup for kids includes the following highlights: KidsShowBlocks

  • WordGirl appears M-F at 6:30 a.m. for a great dose of vocabulary and fun before school!
  • The return of Clifford for a full hour on Sunday morning (8-9am), and Maya & Miguel on Saturday and Sunday (7:30am)
  • Sesame Street‘s 45th season with a full hour M-F (7-8am) and half-hour episodes at 7am on Saturday and Sunday, and 1-1:30 pm M-F

Get the full schedule of kids’ programming now

And as always, go to klrukids.org for hundreds of episodes, games, activities, and links to other powerful learning resources!

 

New KLRU Kids schedule starts 6/2

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On June 2, KLRU will have a new lineup during our children’s programming block from 6:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. The new schedule features back-to-back episodes of some of our viewers favorite shows plus the brand new series Space Racers. The weekend lineup will stay the same. Download a printable version of the new schedule
Here’s the new schedule:
Monday to Friday
6:30 am   Wild Kratts
7:00 am   Sesame Street
8:00 am   Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
9:00 am   Peg + Cat
9:30 am   Super Why
10:00 am Daniel Tiger (two back-to-back episodes)
11:00 am Dinosaur Train (two back-to-back episodes)
12:00 pm Signing Time!
12:30 pm Thomas & Friends (M-Tu-W) / Peep (Th) / Space Racers (Fri.)
1:00 pm  Peg + Cat
2:00 pm  Curious George (two back-to-back episodes)
3:00 pm  Arthur  (two back-to-back episodes)
4:00 pm Wild Kratts  (two back-to-back episodes)
5:00 pm  Martha Speaks

KLRU announces local PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños

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On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!

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