WSRE is an official partner of Florida’s 20th Annual Children’s Week
PENSACOLA, Fla., April 15, 2015—WSRE was invited to participate in Florida’s 20th Annual Children’s Week celebration, April 12–17, as an official community partner. WSRE’s General Manager Sandy Cesaretti Ray, Director of Education and Outreach Jill Hubbs and Administrative Coordinator Kasey Jones represented the Northwest Florida public television station in Tallahassee during events spotlighting children’s issues at the State Capitol.
WSRE began celebrating Children’s Week at home with the “Hit a Homerun for Early Literacy” pre-game event on Sunday in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball team. At the WSRE Imagination Station, children received free copies of the book “Bats at the Ballgame” by Brian Lies and enjoyed story time with Blue Wahoos players and learning activities. A WSRE-produced video of community leaders reading “Bats at the Ballgame” appeared on the stadium Jumbotron at Sunday’s game.
On Monday in Tallahassee, Children's Week activities included statewide association meetings, a showcase of resources and hands-on children’s learning activities for state legislators and an awards dinner honoring partners and non-profit organizations dedicated to children. Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston presented the dinner’s keynote address.
On Tuesday, WSRE and Tallahassee PBS affiliate WFSU collaborated to present children’s entertainment, activities and crafts at Storybook Village in the Florida State Capitol courtyard. Children's Week partners and volunteers created the "village" of interactive reading booths in which children explored stories and characters from favorite books. Legislators participated in acting out stories and distributing free books to children. WSRE brought the station’s PBS KIDS mascots and shared a wealth of educational resources with families, teachers and lawmakers.
“WSRE is proud to participate in the Children’s Week initiative to help raise awareness about children’s issues and, in particular, to showcase the many resources that PBS and WSRE offer to support the education of Florida’s youngest citizens—our children,” said Hubbs.
Photo Note: WFSU’s Becca Piers and Tasha Weinstein with WSRE’s Jill Hubbs and Kasey Jones at the State Capitol’s Storybook Village in Tallahassee on Tuesday, April 14.
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