FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Antonio, Texas (October 27, 2016):
The Boeing Company has presented KLRN Public Television with a $50,000 grant to support a second season of Ready, Set, Grow! The project, which runs from October 2016 to September 2017, is targeted at active duty, transitioning military and veteran families in San Antonio.
Over the course of the year, KLRN will host 48 activities for families that will help families prepare their children for school through educational workshops. With PBS KIDS programs at the core of the project, attendees explore integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) at home. They also learn about recognizing developmental milestones.
In addition to working with families, this grant will support professional development training sessions for 200 childcare providers, which will result in awarding nearly 900 required training hours to attendees.
“KLRN has been a leader in education in our community through a number of funded programs. We train teachers, child care providers and parents on how to use our enormous library of resources in their own environments to encourage growth and development,” said Arthur Emerson, KLRN President and CEO. “To be able to work specifically with the military community on this project only makes sense since we are 'Military City USA' and we are proud to support the families who protect us. We couldn’t do it without the generous support of Boeing.”
“Helping children of military families prepare to be successful in school as well as exposing those students to science, math, technology and engineering concepts early is important to Boeing and the community,” said Jay Galloway, leader of the Boeing site in San Antonio. “The scientists and engineers of tomorrow are the same students whose interest is sparked by programs like Ready, Set, Grow, today.”
KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. “The mission of KLRN is to use the power of communications to provide quality programs and services, which advance education, culture and community to enrich the lives of people throughout our community.” KLRN cultivates programs that support the station’s mission and commitment to education. It is this “beyond television” strategy that forms KLRN’s educational outreach model — to prepare children for kindergarten and academic success; to positively impact the quality of care; and to share resources that will enhance classroom instruction.
In 2016, Boeing is celebrating 100 years of aviation accomplishments and launched its second century as an innovative aerospace technology and capabilities provider and community partner. Through purposeful investments, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning, workforce and skills development, sustaining the environment and supporting veterans. In 2015, Boeing and its employees contributed more than $190 million to improve communities across the globe.