WGBY officially launches the Springfield North End Center for Literacy and Learning (NECLL) at the Germán Gerena Community School Friday, February 24 from 3:30 to 7:00pm.
Students, parents, caregivers, teachers and all members of the North End community are encouraged to attend for a meet and greet with popular PBS Kids character Curious George, and to tour the new Center. Family Tours will begin at 3:30pm and WGBY will hold a press conference and launch ceremony at 5:30pm.
“The Center will be a place for students, parents, teachers—anyone in the community interested in improving quality of life through education,” said Vanessa Pabon, WGBY’s Community Engagement Director. “We’re able to do this work, in part, by building on the successes we’ve had with the Latino Youth Media Institute, which has been a vital part of WGBY’s community engagement for the last 2 years.”
“As a partnership between WGBY’s Education and Community Engagement efforts we’re creating a comprehensive schedule of activities like parent workshops, professional development opportunities for teachers and technology training sessions all geared to connecting families and teachers with local resources not only available through PBS and WGBY, but also through the community organizations partnering with us in this effort,” said Heather Lavigne, WGBY’s Education and Outreach Director.
The Center is a key part of a WGBY’s, Ready To Learn: North End project that will use educational content on multiple platforms including video, online games, mobile apps, and off-line activities. The goal is to build educational experiences for kids using innovative technologies.
Funding for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready To Learn grant through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). WGBY is one of eleven public television stations nationwide to have received the most recent round of Ready To Learn funding.