WGBY welcomes the opportunity to partner with community groups to take more in-depth looks at regional issues. WGBY brings a variety of media and outreach services to each subject, fostering local conversations and presenting engaging activities around national issues and broadcasts.
WGBY’s current community projects include:
In a collaboration with Springfield Day Nursery and the Springfield Republican, WGBY presents Learn What You Can View, Read, Do!: a pilot program focusing on early childhood readiness for school entry. Throughout this partnership, WGBY will work with Springfield Day Nursery to deliver resources and training to Family Child Care Providers on how to incorporate engaging multi-faceted lessons into their child care settings. Each week, a new lesson will be available through the Parenting section of the Springfield Republican encouraging parents and providers to read more to their children, engage in hands-on activities, and co-view television.
Each year, WGBY participates in the Teletubbies National Day of Exercise. Last year, in partnership with CDI Head Start and Springfield Day Nursery, over 500 children got up and active in an exercise program geared to get children and educators up and moving in the classroom.
America at a Crossroads, a major public television event premiering in April of 2007, explored the challenges confronting the world post 9/11. In partnership with the national series, WGBY has taken the initiative to explore “New England after 9/11” as a multimedia outreach campaign. Look for local programming and community screenings to be scheduled soon!
In partnership with It’s a Big Big World, WGBY has developed a new program entitled Discovery Days. This program delivers natural science learning to early childhood classrooms throughout the region. Each day of activities combines literacy activities, hands on events, and hand outs for parents and educators on effective use of quality television for learning. For more information about It’s a Big Big World, visit their program website.
Some Things We’ve Done Already!
Through WGBY’s Ocean Adventures Outreach Campaign, over 1,000 educators received access to ocean education lesson plans, classroom activities, and program DVDs geared towards promoting conservation and ecological awareness.
The Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts also participating by using Ocean Education kits with their troops and at summer camps. Troops also sent girls to volunteer at the Source to Sea Connecticut River Cleanup.
SciGirls at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary was a fabulous event geared towards getting girls involved in science. Hundreds of girls participating in hands-on activities through SciGirls troop kits throughout the year and 50 girls attended our SciGirls at Arcadia event in the Fall.