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Will you help us catch up?

KLRU eliminated an entire weekend of on-air interruption, ending our fund drive two days early! That means we still have $12,000 more to raise! Can we count you in?

And when you give a gift equal to or more than $10/sustaining or $120/one-time, you can receive KLRU’s schnazzy soft cotton baseball tee as our thank you!

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KLRU is free to everyone, with no commercial influence. Without donor support, we wouldn’t exist. This spring, every child who acquires a new skill from PBS KIDS, every adult who gains broader perspective from NewsHour or Decibel and every low-income family who engages in STEM-based community workshops will benefit with your commitment to this PBS station.

Meet The Stanton Family

What do science lessons and family bonding have in common? For Patrick, Lucinda and Naomi Stanton, the connection comes from their time together at the Ruff Ruffman Family & Community Learning workshop.

The Stantons participated in this four week series along with other area families. Designed to spark STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) interest in young children, the workshop also empowers parents like Patrick and Lucinda to support their child’s education both at school and home.

“With the four weeks of science projects and doing things and meeting different people, Naomi learned a lot. It was awesome!” Patrick’s observation of his daughter’s time at the Ruff Ruffman workshop is a testament to what a valuable experience these sessions are for kids and parents alike.

Low-income and underserved households are often less equipped to address learning gaps. KLRU’s collaboration with key community partners addresses critical needs in early education by presenting lessons through play and hands-on activities. Research-based, engaging outreach to Central Texas families provides practical tools that these participants can continue to utilize well beyond the workshop.

Miriam Mendoza, KLRU’s Project Director for Ready To Learn says “I just like those little moments where the parent realizes ‘Wow, my child can learn through playing and I can be a part of that.’”

Each session starts with a meal, giving the adults the chance to talk and connect with neighbors who also have young families. Spending quality time with neighbors expands the support network for all these parents, which in turn supports all the children in their STEM progress.

Lucinda was particularly excited about the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad Naomi received after graduating from Ruff Ruffman. “It has a lot of learning apps: reading, drawing, spelling. It’s helping her to get more familiar with computers because they use them at school. And it actually helped me out too.” For some families, this is the first device they’ve brought home. This access lets kids hone technology skills and engage in creative, thoughtful play.

The Stantons gained the confidence at our Family & Community Learning workshop to tackle hands-on engineering projects together. KLRU’s Ready To Learn promotes early learning and school readiness while striving to build a more informed and connected Central Texas. And from Naomi’s smiles, this is just the first of many exciting STEM discoveries that she’ll make with her parents there to cheer her on.

“We’re thankful for the educational workshops KLRU provides in the community.”

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Family & Community Learning (FCL) workshops are part of the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project through the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.


Get to know KLRU’s early childhood community partners: Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. These local organizations are essential to the success of our workshops! They recruit families like the Stantons, they provide the space and their staff lead instruction.

Check out additional information about KLRU’s time at the Ruff Ruffman camp.

Read more about KLRU’s involvement with Ready To Learn (RTL) and Family & Community Learning (FCL).

Give today and shorten the KLRU Spring Fund Drive by an entire weekend!

You can help us cross the finish line!! Just 12 days ago, we set out with an ambitious but necessary goal to raise $220,000 during our Spring Fund Drive. Your contribution can make this goal a reality and allow KLRU to remain on-air, online and in the community.

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And if you give today, we can reduce our drive by two days! KLRU wants to thank all the wonderful viewers who have shown support this March by ending our fundraising drive on Friday. That means giving back our entire weekend of programming with no on-air interruptions! In order to cut off two days, we must meet our goal—can we count you in?

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As a reminder of how your dollars impact KLRU and the Central Texas community, here’s a practical breakdown of real costs and effects.

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KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, opening doors to art, entertainment and discovery. Protect this community space where everyone is welcome—your support of KLRU nurtures a Central Texas that learns and grows together.

Here’s your chance to see KLRU shows live, in person!

There’s just a week left of KLRU’s Spring Fund Drive, which means time is running out to donate toward one of the limited ticket packages we’re offering this season. Tickets are going fast—don’t wait and risk missing out!

Starting this month PBS favorites will be live in our community. KLRU brings the world to your neighborhood, straight from the livingroom to the stages of Austin! Five world class shows are coming to The Long Center and ACL Live at The Moody Theater.

Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment and know that your donation allows this community-supported public television station to thrive.

• Learn about this bestselling author’s approach to holistic well being and personal transformation with Deepak Chopra on March 31.

• Don’t miss the arresting voice of the multi-talented songwriter, pianist and guitar player Brandi Carlile as she tapes Austin City Limits on April 10.

• Catch Joe Bonamassa, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest guitar players in the world, as he tours around his newest album Blues of Desperation on May 25.

• Witness the deep influence of Nat “King” Cole on display in jazz talent Gregory Porter as the two-time-Grammy winner performs from his fifth album on June 20.

• Experience Killer Queen, named “Worldwide Best Tribute Band”, as they recreate the brilliant music and magical stage presence of the real Queen on July 28.

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Won’t you join us for a live performance? Help KLRU move toward our $220,000 goal with your gift today. Think of how important KLRU is to you and the rest of our neighbors. From Wild Kratts to Nature, to Overheard with Evan Smith and NewsHour, this is a space where there is something for everyone, no matter age or background. It’s a great time to show your support for KLRU this spring!

KLRU Brings The World To Your Neighborhood!

Happy 50th Anniversary to
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS!

It’s a beautiful day in the Central Texas neighborhood… because of YOU!

There’s a lot to celebrate this March at KLRU! We’re six days into our Spring Fund Drive and on March 20th we commemorate Mister Rogers’ birthday and his 50 groundbreaking years on public television.

The man who taught millions of young viewers that they should be loved exactly as they are has nurtured kindness in generations. Mister Rogers’ thoughtful lessons emphasized the great importance of a safe, educational space like PBS—made available for free to every American. KLRU is proud to be a part of this legacy.

If Mister Rogers inspired your love of PBS…if you believe that the quality content on KLRU is worth funding and protecting…consider making a gift during the KLRU Spring Drive!


Make sure to tune-in to KLRU tonight at 7 p.m. for Mister Rogers: Its You I Like
As a tribute on this 50th Anniversary of Fred Rogers on PBS—and after nearly 900 episodes—stars like Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Silverman and more reveal some of their favorite Mister Rogers’  Neighborhood moments.

P.S. KLRU has some exclusive online only Mister Rogers gifts. Rock a retro PBS look around town with one of these fun thank you items when you donate!

$5/month or a one-time $60 donation – receive a set of our enamel cast Mister Rogers pins
$7/month or a one-time $84 donation – receive the “It’s you I like” zippered tote bag

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Neighbors, give yourselves a standing ovation!

You helped raise $10,353,937 for Central Texas
Thank you!

What can we say other than wow! Your wonderful support allowed KLRU to raise over $73,500 in just 24 hours! KLRU surpassed our $60K goal because of your generosity, but beyond that, your participation in Amplify helped elevate the profile of the over 700 other participating area non-profits. Everyone benefits when community comes together.

A big thank you to NetApp whose considerable gift pushed us past our goal in a big way! And again, KLRU is so grateful to matching sponsor Equistar Wealth Management who spurred our flurry of matching contributions! Thank you also to grant sponsor Google Fiber for contributing to our fundraising efforts.

Most Americans have a connection to PBS, from learning lessons alongside Mister Rogers to lavishing in the drama of Downton Abbey. In fact, over the course of a year, 82% of all U.S. television households—that’s 200 million people—tune into PBS. As your Central Texas PBS station, KLRU is that connection.

KLRU’s mission to inform, educate and inspire continues because of YOU. Thank you for Amplifying your only community-supported public television station.

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2 Hours to the Finish Line! Help Amplify KLRU!

It’s Amplify’s Home Stretch—KLRU’s success depends on YOU!
ONLY 2 HOURS LEFT to raise $10,970 and meet our $60K goal!


You can make a difference right now! But once the clock strikes 6 p.m., no more Amplify dollars can be counted. KLRU is so thankful for all the Central Texans who helped us meet the Equistar Wealth Management match, and we know we can count on your generosity to help push KLRU the rest of the way to $60K!

Don’t forget, Google Fiber is offering a $10,000 matching grant to all participating education non-profits, like KLRU, until the very end of Amplify! Your gift to KLRU before 6 p.m. tonight equals extra dollars. Don’t let this moment slip away.

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KLRU is a window to our neighborhood and the world—from local productions to national PBS programming. KLRU broadcasts the highest quality education and news content. We entertain. We inspire. And all this content is available to everyone for free. Plus KLRU provides an important space for public voices and public interest, because we don’t have advertisers. When you Amplify KLRU right now, you give a gift to the entire Central Texas community.

Make a gift now, boost KLRU’s race to $60K, and become a public television hero. Not a bad way to end a Friday!

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2 Hours to Double Your Dollars!

Amplify Austin has officially begun!
The clock is ticking. ⏰
KLRU’s goal: $60,000 in just 24 hours!

Make your gift between 6 p.m and 8 p.m. and your dollars will be doubled with a $2,500 challenge match! Equistar Wealth Management has generously put up these matching funds, effectively doubling your gift! Donate now and you’ll help KLRU raise $5,000 in just 2 hours!


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The impact of your doubled dollars is a more informed, connected community. Children watch KLRU to learn and engage in a safe setting. Others rely on the thorough, balanced reporting from our PBS news and public affairs programming. Individuals and families across Central Texas enjoy highest quality art, fascinating science discoveries and epic storytelling broadcast directly into their homes.

Your support truly allows KLRU to inspire…to educate… to thrive.

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You Amplify KLRU!

Our goal is 100 Scheduled Donations—make your Amplify gift before March

Amplify Austin is ONE WEEK away! Can we count on you to invest in our community?

KLRU’s goal is to receive 100 scheduled donations before March 1—so far, we have only 25. You can help us get the 75 more we need! If we reach the most scheduled gifts before March 1, your only community-supported public television station will be awarded a $5,000 booster prize! Schedule your donation today and kick-start our progress toward our $60,000 Amplify goal!

Your support allows KLRU to bring vital educational content and community services to Central Texas. Here is a snapshot of what your dollars do everyday:

$50 – 1 hour of PBS Kids programming, like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad

$150 – 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening in libraries and other community spots

$250 – ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming, like PBS Newshour and Frontline

$500 – 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a local summer STEM program

$1,000 – 1 hour of arts and cultural programming, like Masterpiece and Great Performances

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You have just 24 hours—from 6 p.m. March 1 to 6 p.m. March 2—to make a difference in the lives of all Central Texans. Your gift ensures that KLRU can continue to bring quality educational programming to all of your family, friends and neighbors.

KLRU & BGCAA: Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp

KLRU and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area joined forces to offer a fun 4-day Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp for 10 kids ages 5-8 at Meadowbrook Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) club. The children learned about science through hands-on projects, digital games, and videos that revolve around one of our favorite PBS KIDS characters, Ruff Ruffman. The kids learned to think like scientists as they engaged in the engineering design process which focuses on identifying real-world problems and designing solutions.

It’s great to be able to listen to the children’s perspective on their camp experience. Brittany Gant, the Boys & Girls Clubs STEM Coordinator, came up with the idea of having the kids vlog.  She wanted them to be comfortable when talking about what they learned. Brittany explains that she “allowed club members to be in their element, technology based social media, and integrate it with what they were learning at the Ruff Ruffman camp so that they could connect it to their lives in a meaningful way.”

We asked three 8 year old girls about their science camp experience. Meet Karlee, Ferrah, and Brooklyn! Watch the video above to hear them talking about the camp!

Both Ferrah and Brooklyn mentioned that the camp reinforced their strong work ethic and helped them learn the value of persistence, two important life skills that will serve them into adulthood. Ferrah later shared with KLRU that she learned to plan before creating something new.  Karlee valued the opportunity to work in small groups to collaborate and problem-solve as a team.

In a moment of self-awareness, Ferrah acknowledged her inquisitive nature and her ability to use her imagination to be innovative.  Brooklyn revealed her aptitude for resolving investigations.

The camp revolves around the PBS KIDS character, Ruff Ruffman, and as Ferrah excitedly shared, “he is a great scientist!” Brooklyn points out that he is very knowledgeable. It’s wonderful that these kids now have a role model. Perhaps they will be inspired to follow in his footsteps and become scientists themselves!

As the KLRU Project Director for Ready to Learn, I was present at the camp and was particularly impressed by Ferrah. I asked Lauren Jarvis, the Club Director, to tell me more about her.  Lauren shared that Ferrah “really likes doing new things” and “likes everything science and technology.” Even though she is only 8 years old, Ferrah participates in Google’s CS First, a computer science program designed for 9 to 14 year old children.  Lauren has observed that she completes the lessons and understands the material and the processes being used. Ferrah also participates in Hour of Code alongside her friends, Karlee and Brooklyn. Ferrah is also very creative and artistic. Lauren thinks that “she is very special and has a bright future ahead of her.”  Here at KLRU, we couldn’t agree more! It is our hope to continue to support children like Ferrah to be successful in school and life.

The Ruff Ruffman Sensational Science Camp is part of the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.  Our Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project brings RTL science and literacy content to children ages 2 to 8 from low-income households.  KLRU partners with local community organizations to host camps and workshops at their sites. Our partners are Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.

Please visit the PBS Learning Media Ready to Learn portal to learn more about this initiative and to access resources for families and educators.