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PBS Kids(R) Joins Pacific Air Force Command to Promote Literacy

Yahoo News, , September 21, 2004


PBS KIDS® has teamed up with the Services Directorate, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) to support Air Force base educational initiatives by presenting innovative, fun-filled literacy events for children and families stationed in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Japan and South Korea. This is the first time PACAF has worked with a television broadcaster to reach out to families with an educational objective.

The events will feature the wealth of resources and quality programming that PBS KIDS has to offer with the PBS KIDS Share a Story campaign. Laura Bush serves as Honorary National Chair of the campaign. Actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton is National Chairman. Mr. Burton hosts the PBS Kids program READING RAINBOW, which has won 20 Emmy® Awards for its innovative approach to reading.

"Share a Story" inspires adults to help children develop language and literacy skills through simple everyday activities including storytelling, singing, reading, rhyming, acting and talking.

Researchers and literacy experts continue to support the fact that simply sharing words with children -- whether telling a story, reciting a nursery rhyme or even singing -- helps them learn to read by teaching new concepts, making connections between letters and sounds, exposing kids to vocabulary and helping them learn the structure of language and narrative.

Subjects Covered: education

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