Outreach Projects

Current Projects - Past Projects - Special Events Calendar

Outreach at UNC-TV is designed to extend the impact of our programming by making resources accessible through partnerships and serving targeted communities. It is a service to the community that provides meaningful dialogue, educational resources and community building through communication and training. UNC-TV uses provocative and forward looking television programming about diversity to generate productive discussion among key community leaders.

UNC-TV's Current Outreach Projects

  • Countdown to Kindergarten Event- Over 802 children and adults participated in the Countdown to Kindergarten event that was held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. This event was free for rising Durham County kindergartners and their families to get off to a smooth start for 2013-14 school year. UNC-TV’s own Read-a-roo and her PBS pals, Duck from Word World, Curious George from Curious George, Betsy from Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures and Dottie, Durham Public School's mascot met the museum visitors. Families also had an opportunity to participate in UNC-TV hands-on activities such as making foam bead necklaces, making paperbag puppets, manipulating playdoh to increase eye-hand coordination, and so much more.
  • Get Ready, Get Set, Get Back to School - Join UNC-TV's Read-a-roo and her PBS KIDS pals for three exciting, enlightening and enriching back to school events for rising kindergarteneners and their parents hosted by UNC-TV, community partners, and PBS KIDS Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures on August 17, 2013 at three locations. A Kick Off to Kindergarten Event will be held in Raleigh at the Marbles' Kid's Museum from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Meet and Greet opportunities will occur from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm with UNC-TV's Read-a-roo, PBS KIDS Duck from WordWorld, Curious George and Betsy from Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures. Join Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Greensboro Children's Museum's Kick Off to Kindergarten event from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Finally, Wislon County residents can participate in the Wilson County Back to School Fair from  9:00 am-12:00 pm. PBS KIDS Martha Speaks will meet and greet guests from 9:00 am - 9:30 am and 10:30 am - 11:00 am.
  • Pol-Ka-Dot Kid's Foundation's Feed. Read. Believe. Campaign - In collaboration with Pol-ka Dot Kids Foundation, McDonald's and Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures, UNC-TV provided literacy rich materials to Title I schools in March 2013, including Stough Elementary School located in Raleigh, NC. Principal Cheryl Stidham stated, "On behalf of our students, staff and parents, I wanted to thank you for your generous donation! The children LOVED their bags and they were so excited to receive them."
  • American Graduate - Every year, more than 1 million kids nationwide drop out of high school – kids in every state and in every community. Recognizing a need to help students stay on the path to graduation, many PBS stations, including UNC-TV, are participating in an innovative new program, American Graduate, to combat the dropout crisis in this country. Click here to read the rest of this post and find others you might be interested in.
  • Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures - Betsy represents the 20 million American children who are preparing  for, or are involved in the transition from pre-school or home to kindergarten. BETSY’S KINDERGARTEN ADVENTURES takes the trauma out of this difficult stage with lots of light-hearted fun and learning in every episode. BETSY’S KINDERGARTEN ADVENTURES follows national curriculum standards in developing episode content.
  • Improving children’s health - UNC-TV partners with healthcare professionals to tackle important childhood health issues. One example is the annual partnership with community organizations such as Pitt County Memorial Hospital, the North Carolina Nurses Association, and asthma coalition groups in Cleveland, Wake, Cumberland, Craven, Lenoir, and Greene Counties to conduct “UNC-TV Like A Breath of Fresh Air: Asthma Awareness for Kids” events and workshops. The multifaceted campaign includes: distribution of educational materials; an intensive multiple platform media campaign; and community engagement activities that include Meet and Greet opportunities with PBS KIDS Buster or Arthur, and training opportunities and presentations conducted by  healthcare professionals for parents and educators. Resources include Arthur’s Hooray for Health and WGBH’s Kids With Asthma Can, Sesame Street A is For Asthma, and Sid the Science Kid’s Amazing Lungs.  Other workshops taught child care providers and parents about issues such as childhood hunger using the documentary Sesame Workshop’s Growing Hope Against Hunger and the importance of movement utilizing UNC-TV’s Fit Together resources and two different Angelina Ballerina grants.
  • Ready to Grow - Ready To Grow is a workshop designed to meet the needs of after school programs. Ready To Grow workshops explore ideas on helping to make every TV viewer—A “Smart TV Viewer.” Media literacy helps our children be better prepared to choose wisely.
  • Summer Fun with Super Why! - UNC-TV received a Station Big Event Grant to promote summer reading and literacy with Super Why!  Join UNC-TV Just for Kids as the Super Why! team fly in to North Carolina for some exciting adventure. Get ready for 5 events packed with hands-on fun activities, giveaways and your chance to meet the Super Why! costume characters! Click here to create a Super Why poster, bookmark, or card.
  • North Carolina's WWII Experience - Share your World War II story and help UNC-TV make history as we prepare an archive of the Tar Heel State’s own WWII experiences. Click the link above to be a part of the Experience!
  • Free Yoga Warriors Classes in North Carolina for Combat Veterans and Spouses - Support is made available for military families through an innovative approach called Yoga Warriors. To learn more about these FREE classes, Contact: Diane Callan, Wellness for Warriors, at 919-650-1806 or Dcallan3@nc.rr.com.