Odd Squad Saves the World

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The Boys & Girls Club at HACA’s Flores Education & Training Center enjoyed an afternoon watching the ODD SQUAD “Saves The World” premier before its national debut on Monday, January 19th.

Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by to kick off a fun math puzzle activity before the special. Kids were hard at work trying to be the first to figure out the puzzle before the premiere.  Seventy Kindergartners through 5th graders enjoyed the event and left with a bookmark and a fun pocket-sized math riddle handout.

2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

KLRU announces the PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning, the contest encourages children in grades K-3 to submit their own original illustrated stories.

How the Contest Works
Children in Central Texas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS Writers Contest either by mailing their entries to KLRU or emailing their stories to writerscontest@klru.org.  All entries will be posted to klru.org/writerscontestEntries must be postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2015.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Honorary Judges
A panel of Austin ISD librarians, Austin Public Youth Librarians, local authors, publishers, poets and bloggers will convene in April to judge the KLRU entries. Local winners will be acknowledged by a celebration in May 2015. The 1st place local winners from each grade level will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries!  National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015.

Teacher Can Win Too!
Teachers can enter their classroom to win one of two (2) special Arthur® prize packages including a library of Arthur books, courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Children, and a special appearance from PBS KIDS’ own Arthur.   There will be two random drawings.  All you need to do is fill out the 2015 Contest Classroom Entry Form-KLRU when you submit your students’ story to KLRU.  Deadline is March 31, 2015.

To enter the Contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources visit: http://www.klru.org/writerscontest.

January 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In January 2015, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, January 6 at 8pmRipley, Believe It or Not: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not” franchise grew into an entertainment empire and the eccentric, globetrotting, man became an unlikely national celebrity.

Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 1: ”The Rise of the Dog.”
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. But how did the wolf become the domesticated dog, and how did the hundreds of breeds we know today come to be so different?

Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 2: “Dog By Design.”
 
Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks they were bred for. But as we multiply and transform the many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us.

Wednesday, January 28 at 7pmNATURE “Penguin Post Office”
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. We’ll see their four month drama of getting to their breeding grounds, finding a partner, building a nest, laying eggs, protecting them from predators and raising their young.

Odd Squad Premier at Foundation Communities site

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Maya and Miguel were special guests at Foundation Communities Trails at the Park site on Tuesday, November 25th.

FCTrailsatthePark-11-25-14Children enrolled in the after school program had a great afternoon celebrating Thanksgiving with a wonderful meal and outside games culminating with the arrival of Maya and Miguel from the PBS series, MAYA AND MIGUEL, to introduce the new series ODD SQUAD. A live-action television series, the show is designed to build curiosity and interest in math among early elementary school viewers. All the children loved the new series and left singing “Take Away Four” as they collected Odd Squad and Peg+Cat bookmarks, the KLRU Kids schedule and a flyer on the holiday specials.

Flores Education & Training Center Grand Opening

KLRU Demonstration Station

KLRU joined the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) of Austin on Nov. 21 to help celebrate the grand opening of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Flores Education & Training Center at the Meadowbrook Apartments. HACA and B&GC will make this our fifth and final partner for the Ready To Learn Demonstration Station grant.

HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, spoke and cut the ribbon on the new center. The center features classrooms for youth and adult education programs, a community library, an outdoor amphitheater, computer lab, outdoor green spaces, a video and sound production lab and more.

Castro and Clifford

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club and HACA, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families!

Congratulations to the Méndez family for winning the Thomas the Train door prize!

Mendez Family with Thomas the Train door prize

November 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, November 5 at 7pmNATURE “A Sloth Named Velcro” In 2000, in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story of Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life..

Wednesday, November 12 at 7pm:  NATURE “Leave It to Beavers” explores how beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands..

Wednesday, November  26 at 7pmNATURE My Life As a Turkey,” An Original Duckumentary” and The Private Life Of Deer Get ready to view a NATURE marathon in time for Thanksgiving with these three programs on turkeys, ducks, and white-tailed deer!

3M visits Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program

Camy Young, Angelo San Segundo, Russell Bridges, Kim Price, Bernardo Martinez and Lynn Cipriano

Russell Bridges, Manager, Community Affairs of 3M Austin and Kim Price, VP of 3Mgives from St. Paul visited Wooten Elementary on October 9th, 2014. KLRU’s Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program was in session so Russell and Kim got a chance to see Wooten’s 5th grade “Big” buddies reading, writing, and working with their Kindergarten “Little” buddies to improve their vocabulary and literacy skills. Thank you 3M!! (Photo: Camy Young, Angelo San Segundo, Russell Bridges, Kim Price, Bernardo Martinez and Lynn Cipriano)

Below is a short video we produced to celebrate the completion of a prior Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program at Wooten, and to thank 3M for their support.

RTL Demonstration Station Inauguration

KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club East performed an inauguration ceremony during their “Kids Day.” The inauguration celebrated the installment of a new digital learning center “The Demonstration Station.” It features 16 mini iPads that are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and over 50 apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. The Demonstration Station also includes other supporting equipment such as a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, a PA system, and an iPad compatible printer. KLRU will be providing staff training in fun PBS curriculum to enrich B&G Club’s current out-of-school program.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club East, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families.