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WSIU Invites Area Families to Vote for Their Favorite PBS KIDS Show

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), is inviting area parents and kids to participate in an interactive activity to gain their input about PBS KIDS programming.

Parents and kids are invited to vote for their favorite PBS KIDS program by calling (618) 494-6092 from any phone or use a cell phone to text the word "FAVORITE" to 30644. Participants will then receive a message with instructions on the next step to take. Call or text your vote by Sunday, August 1. The PBS KIDS program that receives the most votes will be featured in a one-hour special on WSIU-TV on Friday, August 6 at 10am. Standard phone charges will apply.

This educational messaging activity is sponsored by PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national literacy initiative that uses the power of public media to help improve the reading skills of young children, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. Raising Readers is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a cooperative agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and The Ready To Learn Partnership. WSIU is a Raising Readers station.

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