Archive for February, 2008

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

Friday, February 29th, 2008

horton2.gif Read Across America March 3rd       

Horton Hears A Who! (read-along book) Free to Your Classroom. For the first time ever, an animated digital version of Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss is being released. Just in time for NEA’s Read Across America Day, this special Seuss classic will be available for free exclusively on kidthing™. The pages come to life on your computer screen with animation, narration and sound effects. Or, turn the sound off and read the book aloud. Download at www.kidthing.com/neasreadacrossamerica

Celebrate Reading All Year Long
What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child? On the evening of March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’s birthday), Random House and the National Education Association (NEA) urge you to participate in the second annual Read Across America and read to a child.

WHY CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS?
readcat.gifDr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is fun and important. Go to
www.seussville.com/special/read.html

For more information on Read Across America, please visit the NEA’s Web site at www.nea.org/readacross

WOW! WOW! WUBBZY! AND THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

wubbzy.jpgWOW! WOW! WUBBZY! AND THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCE NEW GRANT PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOLS
Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards will be granted to 75 winners

Burbank, CA/So. Burlington, VT  (February 6, 2008) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Starz Media have launched a new grant program – the Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards – sponsored by Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, a hit animated comedy television series for young children, which airs on Nick Jr. and Noggin in the U.S. The Awards will distribute 75 grants of products from NGA’s Gardening with Kids Store, valued at $1,000 each, to preschool organizations across the country.
Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards will be granted to 75 winnersBurbank, CA/So. Burlington, VT  (February 6, 2008) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Starz Media have launched a new grant program – the Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards – sponsored by Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, a hit animated comedy television series for young children, which airs on Nick Jr. and Noggin in the U.S.Just renewed for a second season, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! revolves around Wubbzy – an adorable, bouncy character with an expressive tail and a quest for fun – and his friends Wi­­­dget, Walden, and Daizy, who live in Wuzzleburg. Their many hilarious adventures entertain young children while reinforcing the importance of friendship. This theme dovetails perfectly with gardening, which engages kids in experiences that reinforce the value of cooperation, teamwork.
Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards will be granted to 75 winnersBurbank, CA/So. Burlington, VT  (February 6, 2008) – The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Starz Media have launched a new grant program – the Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards – sponsored by Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, a hit animated comedy television series for young children, which airs on Nick Jr. and Noggin in the U.S.Just renewed for a second season, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! revolves around Wubbzy – an adorable, bouncy character with an expressive tail and a quest for fun – and his friends Wi­­­dget, Walden, and Daizy, who live in Wuzzleburg. Their many hilarious adventures entertain young children while reinforcing the importance of friendship. This theme dovetails perfectly with gardening, which engages kids in experiences that reinforce the value of cooperation, teamwork.This sounds great to adults, but when you ask kids why they like to garden, you’ll get the message that, “Gardening is fun!” It gets them outdoors, gives them an outlet for their energy, and lets them participate in creating something beautiful that they can feel proud of. Plus, they actually like to eat the vegetables they grow!

“A child’s early years are a crucial time of development, and preschool education can significantly influence the rest of their lives,” says NGA Education Specialist Sarah Pounders. “Gardening is a hands-on project that allows children to explore at their own pace and engage in age-appropriate experiential learning. We’re very happy that Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! is sponsoring this award to give more children these valuable opportunities.”

“The Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards are the ideal next step in our strategic partnership with the National Gardening Association, particularly since the little yellow star of the show is discovering the fun of going green in the second season that debuts later this year” says Amorette Jones, EVP Worldwide Marketing for Starz Media.  

To qualify, a preschool or day care center must submit a plan for a garden, to be planted and tended by a group of at least 10 children aged 3 to 5, during 2008. Award packages will include garden tools and garden- and nature-oriented teaching materials, plus a Wubbzy gardening activity guide for teachers. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008, and awards will be shipped no later than April 15. For full details and to download an application, please visit http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants.asp

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! is a co-production of Starz Media and Bolder Media. Since it began airing in August 2006, Wubbzy has been a hit on the air, online and in the international television market as well. Wubbzy enters the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival this spring!
 

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