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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

American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate:  Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation.



Click here for the entry form!

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

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

American Graduate and
Stratford Richardson Y Achievers team up!


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.