American Graduate Day is September 22, 2012

WHRO to Participate in First-Ever AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY on September 22, 2012

WHRO is one of the dozens of public stations across the country participating in American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012. American Graduate Day is multi-platform event featuring a live television broadcast, radio playlist with premiere documentaries, and participation from more than 20 national partner organizations, celebrities and athletes to spotlight solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis. Viewers will be encouraged to become an “American Graduate Champion” by offering their time, donating resources, connecting with organizations on social media or learning more about the crisis. Broadcast nationally from The Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

American Graduate Day highlights community partners, educators and youth, who help keep at-risk students in school, across the nation. American Graduate Day airs on WHRO WORLD 15.2 (COX 107, FiOS 460) from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22nd. WHRO TV15 will broadcast one hour of the programming at 3:00 p.m.

During the day long programming, WHRO will showcase local organizations working to keep students on the path to graduation. The local spot will air during hours one, three, and five and will feature the United Way of South Hampton Roads and Alternatives, Inc.

The United Way SHR offers online tools to facilitate community support for efforts to help students stay in school until graduation. The Volunteer Serve network connects volunteers with nonprofit organizations and schools that need their help to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. GiftLINK “links” those that have items they’d like to donate with schools and nonprofit organizations that need them. Alternatives, Inc., a youth development organization, supports Uth ACT (Youth Achieving Change Together). Through a peer to peer/service learning methodology, teens and Americorps students are working to narrow the achievement gap in the City of Hampton.

Segments from WHRO’s Teacher Town Hall will be shown during hours three and five.

“As part of American Graduate, public television and radio stations are working in their local communities to help people understand the impact of the dropout crisis and create champions from the community to help students stay on the path to a high school diploma,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “American Graduate Day will use all of public media’s platforms – on-air, online and in the community – to tell this story and focus on local organizations and community responses that are working through parents, teachers, students, and business and community leaders to make a difference in the lives of these young people.”

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