Public broadcasting in Virginia touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 10 public television and 29 public radio stations play a vital role in Virginia education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Virginia:
- Produces Virginia Farming, the commonwealth’s only locally produced, weekly televised farming news series. Topics include poultry, beef, dairy, crops, wine, seafood, timber, aquaculture and farm safety. The program has received four top journalism awards from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation for outstanding farm news communication, as well as a myriad of accolades and recognitions from industry experts.
- Operates a free-to-the-user Radio Reading Service for the visually handicapped. Dozens of volunteers read area newspapers and publications for daily broadcast.
- Sponsors The Great Computer Challenges, a competitive opportunity for students in grades K-12 to demonstrate their skills in various computer applications and computer programming.
- Serves rural Virginia, where the reliance on free, over-the air-television continues to be an important part of the lives of many residents.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships. WHRO’s weeklong technology program, Tech Trek, trained teachers in effective student engagement using digital tools.
- Hosts Kids’ Book Festivals that affected the lives of thousands of children and adults by providing free books to children.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2–8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Offers an outreach project, based on the Biz Kid$ television series, that provides middle school teachers with training and materials to teach students about good financial habits and entrepreneurship.
- Provides a local educational service that teaches parents and caregivers methods for building early-reading skills in children.
- Offers internship opportunities to high school and college students who wish to learn more about radio and television production and reporting.
- Sponsors a weeklong summer camp for teachers to learn even greater skills integrating technology in daily classroom practice through a project-based constructivist approach.
- Educates hundreds of thousands of children weekly by imparting essential literacy and life skills through PBS KIDS programs.
- Created the educational seriesWhat it Takes, which brings experts around the table to discuss educational issues that affect our kids, schools and communities, providing information, ideas and opportunities for community involvement.