Still Water Foundation Supports KLRU’s Inspiration Fund

The Still Water Foundation has just awarded KLRU-TV a $25,000 grant to help establish the Inspiration Fund.

The Inspiration Fund is an opportunity for donors to support comprehensive services at our station:  local productions, outreach and education activities including Ready To Learn, Community Screenings, Community Cinema and Spark! @ The Moody Theater.  Each of these elements frames KLRU as a trusted window to the world with universal access to educational and creative content in and beyond Austin.

KLRU is deeply grateful to the Still Water Foundation for its past support of our station.  Their continued investment in our mission will help bring pioneering programs, authentic engagement and meaningful acquisitions to Central Texans.  Thank you!

SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery

SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery

9-9:30 a.m.
Monday, July 12th & Friday, July 16th

SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery takes our superheroes on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt, complete with clues, pirates and buried treasure.

X marks the spot! Whyatt and the other fairytale buddies have found a clue leading to treasure and they need a little help! So the superhero readers fly into The Beach Day Mystery where they set off on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt adventure filled with clues, pirates, and of course, treasure! Will Super Why and his friends be able to outsmart the trickiest pirate of them all?

Educational Objectives: To learn how to figure out clues. Kids will follow the alphabet, rhyme with AIL words, and use the power to read to change the story!

Cyberchase Summer Challenge

CYBERCHASE Summer Challenge 2010 Hacker's Challenge The Cyberchase Summer Challenge premieres on June 29, featuring eight straight weeks of new and encore episodes, new interactive content and new outreach initiatives to help kids overcome the summer slump in math and gear up for the new school year. Tune in every Tuesday at 4pm.

Summer is a time when children are at risk for losing gains in math learning if not offered educationally sustaining activities — and the risk is greater for losing math skills than reading skills.  The Summer Challenge will provide eight weeks of fun and free resources to strengthen kids’ involvement with math and problem solving all summer long.


  • An all-new gaming component will reveal new challenges every week to keep kids actively engaged at home.
  • Storytelling features will motivate kids to share their Summer Challenge experiences with others.
  • The PBS KIDS GO! video player will feature Summer Challenge video clips and full episodes.
  • Eight new printable activities for teachers, parents and kids will deliver fun, STEM-based challenges for real world application.
  • Teachers and parents can also access free, downloadable video clips and episodes to support their Summer Challenge activities.
  • Additional printable activities for kids will offer extra summer fun.

Sid the Science Kid

Mom, Dad and Zeke have front row seats as Sid, Gabriela, May and Gerald perform a backyard singalong in “No School Singalong Special!” No School Singalong Special premiers June 21st at 8:30 a.m.!

SID THE SCIENCE KID celebrates the first day of summer with the all-new “No School Singalong Special” premiering June 21 on KLRU’s PBS KIDS.  The half hour episode features Sid and his friends performing their favorite science-song hits in a back yard singalong extravaganza!

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Education focus of Live United Film Series event on 1/28

Join KLRU and United Way Capital Area for a special film screening and discussion on education issues in Austin on Thursday, January 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A. RSVP here. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

Jason Sabo from United Ways of Texas will moderate a discussion on whether the Austin community is investing enough in education. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Michael Marder from University of Texas UTeach project
  • Liliana Ary from Univision Radio
  • Clayton Christopher from Sweet Leaf Tea and a student he is mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
  • The discussion will take place immedately after a screening of It All Adds Up. This documentary, produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, focuses on the academic enrichment and mentoring program called Math Corps. The film features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of this project. RSVP here.

    Thanks to our volunteers

    One of my favorite parts of my job is working with phone volunteers from the community during our on-air fundraising drives. I meet people from all over Austin and the surrounding area who each bring something unique to the studio. I’ve gotten to know several of the regulars who volunteer during each drive and look forward to seeing them again when we go on-air to speak directly to the community about KLRU.

    Another fun part of working with the phone volunteers is welcoming the new people who come in for the first time. It is a treat to work with them while they enjoy meeting new people and see what goes on behind-the-scenes to make live television happen. Thank you to all our volunteers who help make our fundraising drives a success. If you would like to volunteer to answer phones during a live fundraising night at KLRU, sign up now to receive volunteering updates at

    Watch on Sunday (8/16) night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to see more of our community volunteers in action.

    — Sara Childress

    About the Author: Sara Childress is the Membership Manager for KLRU. When she’s not coordinating fundraising campaigns, she earnestly contemplates the meaning of life; this is possibly due to the influence of watching too much Monty Python during her formative years.