the power of television programming.


American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation. A special goal for this year is to recognize one million American Graduate Champions: those individuals giving their time, talent, or other resources in their own communities.  As part of the community outreach, WTVI will profile three local “Champions” that are making a difference in our community to improve the graduation rate:

Raqukell Robinson with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

James Ford – North Carolina Teacher of the Year and Garinger History Teacher

Mary Nell McPherson – Executive Director, Freedom School Partners


Learn The Gettysburg Address

small gettys

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS have launched a major national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to video record themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address.

Those who have already submitted videos include Robin Roberts, Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Usher, David Gregory, Gwen Ifill, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien.

The campaign will continue throughout the year and is inspired by the subject of Burns’s film THE ADDRESS, which tells the story of the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont and its students — boys ages 11 to 17, all of whom face a range of learning differences — who each year are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. The film will air April 15, 2014 on PBS.

How You Can Participate

It’s easy! Visit learntheaddress.org, hit the “Share Your Gettysburg Address” tab and follow these simple steps:

1) Download or print the words to the Gettysburg Address and practice reading it out loud. Or if you are up for the whole challenge — memorize! — it’s only 272 words.

2) Record yourself (or have a friend record you) reading the speech using your computer, laptop, tablet, mobile device or digital video recorder.

3) Upload your video to YouTube and send us your link!

THE ADDRESS is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, DC and is directed by Ken Burns. Funding for THE ADDRESS is provided by Bank of America; Public Broadcasting Service; Corporation for Public Broadcasting and members of The Better Angels Society, including Robert & Beverly Grappone.


Click here for the entry form! Deadline is April 1, 2014!

Few things capture a child’s imagination like a good book.  We would like to invite you to join WTVI-PBS Charlotte as we encourage children to create their own stories and to take part in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning.  The Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.  The Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Here are the contest rules!

Visit the website at pbskids.org/writerscontest/

For more information, contact (704) 330-5930 or Beverly.DornSteele@cpcc.edu

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Cat-Ebration

WTVI is hosting a Celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day at Devonshire Elementary School, Monday, 3/3, 11:15 – 12:15.
Seemore Goodstuff will be in attendance as well. 

213 210

Two new episodes will air on WTVI PBS Charlotte this week to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 109th Birthday.

“Rumbly Tumbly / Planet Name Game”

“Rumbly Tumbly”
Nick’s hungry tummy is rumbling! But why do our stomachs make noises when they’re hungry? A super shrunken trip into Thing One’s stomach will show them the answer! They learn how chewing and stomach juices help to break down the food, and the tummy sounds are actually the stomach working. When your tummy is empty, the sounds are much louder! There’s only one way to quiet Nick’s rumbly tumbly… a chewy chocolate chunky chunk chip cookie! 

“Planet Name Game”
Nick and Sally have run out of things to name in the garden. Good thing Cat needs help putting his model of the solar system back together – they can help him name the planets! Off in the Space-a-ma-racer they go on a whirlwind trip around the universe, learning the names of the eight planets as they go.

“Top of the Sky / Jiggle Bones”

“Top of the Sky”
Sally, Nick and Cat are playing with their toy rocket. Using the Cat’s “Whoa-Look-At-It-Go-Launcher,” he shoots the rocket up, up, and up! But now they need to go find it. Off to the top of the sky! They keep going higher until they’re in space! They meet Audrey the Astronaut who explains that there is no top to the sky. The sky turns into space and space goes on forever!  Just when the kids think their rocket is lost, they find it in Audrey’s space station. Though they can’t launch their rocket to the top of the sky, launching it to the moon is just as cool!

“Jiggle Bones”
Nick and Sally are wiggling and jiggling like the jelly mold in front of them. But they can’t quite wiggle the same way. How come?  “Bones of course!” announces the Cat. Bones keep their bodies from being wiggly and jiggly. But why do they need bones? A visit to Dr. Giggles will answer that question! They learn about the big strong bones that help us stand and walk, the small bones that help us bend and move, and the all important bones that help protect our squishy bits! Even though they won’t let you wiggle and jiggle like jelly, bones are important!

Interact with the Cat in the Hat with the new “Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt” game. In this game, the Swirly Whirly Ocean is filled with aquatic creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes, and players can catch a ride on the Thinga-ma-jigger to travel deeper and deeper through silly, Seussian schools of fish. The Swirly Whirly Pearl is waiting somewhere far below, along with the chance to create a personalized school of mix-and-match sea creatures. “Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt” is available now on pbskids.org/catinthehat.

PBS KIDS Summer Literacy

Any time can be learning time, and summer is a perfect opportunity to raise a reader. WTVI PBS Charlotte will be hosting the PBS KIDS Summer Literacy program. This multi-platform learning initiative is designed to address the learning losses children experience when they’re away from the classroom – known as the “summer slide.”

Starting Monday, June 3, WTVI will offer 10 weeks of themed programming to inspire children ages 2-8 to explore and learn. Each week will feature episodes from a different PBS KIDS series. The line-up includes:



Beatties Ford Library Literacy Kick-Off!



Miss Beverly reads to the children



2013 PBS Kids Go! Writer’s Contest Winners


The Winning Stories



On left: First place winners – Kindergarten, Melinda Bain; 1st Grade, Ava Dougherty; 2nd Grade, Declan Powell; 3rd Grade, Mackenzie King. On right: Contest Entrants

Few things capture a child’s imagination like a good book. We would like to invite you to join WTVI-PBS Charlotte as we encourage children to create their own stories and to take part in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. The Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

Visit the website at pbskids.org/writerscontest/

For more information, contact (704) 330-5930 or Beverly.DornSteele@cpcc.edu


American Graduate

As part of the American Graduate initiative, designed to educate and engage various stakeholders on the dropout problem, rally support and help coordinate efforts in communities, WTVI teamed up with several local partners to address the issue. These agencies are providing solutions and resources to increase the graduate rate.

Junior Achievement
YMCA Achievers

Communities in Schools

To get involved or want more information about tutoring or mentoring volunteer opportunities in this area, contact the United Way of Central Carolinas at (704) 371-6255 or visit www.uwcentralcarolinas.org/volunteer

Junior Achievements

Ms. Beverly Dorn-Steele visits Junior Achievements!


American Graduate and
Stratford Richardson Y Achievers team up!


WTVI teamed up with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services and Youth and Family Services to produce several public service announcements during November’s Adoption Awareness Month.  The PSA’s, one of which featured WTVI’s Ms. Beverly and Seemore Goodstuff,  were designed for children to recruit for themselves and present themselves in a favorable light to the public.  The kids were also able to discuss adoption and what it means to have a permanent home.

Supported by grant funding and donations from viewers like you, WTVI is proud to:

  • provide speakers, activities and curriculums to support teachers in the classroom
  • partner with local organizations to meet community needs
  • host sneak preview events for PBS and Local programming
  • support professional development for adult learners

From community events, to educational workshops to online resources to professional development, WTVI strives to fulfill its mission to serve as a personal gateway to lifelong learning.

GED & Workplace Essential Skills

WTVI provides the GED Connection program for adults to obtain their GEDs by watching television programming and completing chapters in a companion workbook. GED Connection airs weekdays at 5:30am.

WTVI provides Workplace Essential Skills for adults who are looking for a new job or want to improve their skills. The program teaches the viewer how to develop career goals and make plans to attain them and airs weekdays at 5:00am.

For more information on WTVI outreach activities or to schedule a speaker, contact:

Beverly Dorn-Steele, Beverly.DornSteele@cpcc.edu or (704) 371-8840