WGCU receives grants for PBS At-Home Learning and LearningMedia

WGCU Public Media is pleased to announce it has received two local grants in support of its At-Home Learning and PBS LearningMedia resources and curriculum for children from preschool through 12th grade.

Grants from the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation support school students who whether by choice or mandate are participating in distance learning due to Covid-19.

Last spring, WGCU joined with other Florida public television stations to air educational programming in the daytime for kindergarten through 12th grade students and to provide supplemental teaching materials for the programs. To keep its youngest viewers engaged, WGCU  continued to provide curriculum-based programs on its 24/7 PBS Kids channel.  

For the 2020-2021 school year, new curriculum begins Sept. 7. on the WORLD channel as well as the PBS Kids 24/7 Kids channel.  WGCU will share At-Home Learning schedules along with links to supporting resources each week on the WGCU website, on social media platforms, in advertisements in other media, and through an electronic newsletter published weekly.

PBS’ ongoing LearningMedia program, a multifaceted educational platform used by teachers, students and parents at no charge. Until Covid-19 made it impossible, WGCU held face-to-face workshops for teachers that used LearningMedia’s engaging materials. With the advent of the novel coronavirus, workshops moved online, and now with the foundation’s grant, that can continue.

“We are grateful for the grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Collier County to support our At-Home Learning and PBS LearningMedia initiatives,” said WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson.  “To now receive an additional grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation is so rewarding and proves that the Southwest Florida community joins WGCU in caring deeply about the education of our students. WGCU is committed to providing educational programming and resources to support students, families and educators throughout the communities we serve.”

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the community’s most current needs.

About WGCU

WGCU is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, the WGCU mission is to provide educational and entertaining programming that inspires, informs and engages our community. Serving all or part of 12 counties in South and Southwest Florida, with five distinct digital TV channels, two FM radio channels, two HD radio channels, and multiple websites, WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant and informative local programs to the region. More information about WGCU is available online at WGCU.org, and by following us on Facebook at wgcupublicmedia, on Twitter @wgcu, and Instagram @wgcupublicmedia.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County, now entering its 35th year, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 750 funds, collaborates with hundreds of nonprofits, holds $214 million in assets and has distributed over $184 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000. 

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Author: Dayna Harpster