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KMOS-TV Recognizes American Graduate Champion School Districts

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 4, 2015) – Four area school districts recently were recognized with a grant of $1,500 from KMOS-TV in recognition of the development of innovative education programs that motivate and encourage students to strive for excellence.

KMOS American Graduate Champion schools

Four area school districts recently were recognized as American Graduate Champions with a $1,500 grant from KMOS-TV. Receiving the grant from Mary Clevenger, left, KMOS-TV outreach coordinator, and Phil Hoffman, second from right, UCM director of broadcast services, were, left to right, Susan Blackburn, Columbia Public Schools; Anne Weyrauch, Scott Patrick and Sharon Finley-Peerson, Warrensburg R-6 Schools; Jennifer Buckler and Toni Randall, Morgan County R-2 School District; and Jennifer Carr, Kingsville R-1 School District.

The local grants were awarded as part of the KMOS-TV outreach effort as a participant in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Initiative, which featured the broadcast of the Peabody Award-winning documentary, 180 Days: Hartsville in March 2015.

School districts receiving the grants were Morgan County R-2 School District, Versailles, for its Tiger Cookie Company project, a strategic “recipe” for excellence that brings school and community together to promote work ethic, pride, cooperation and application of skills; Warrensburg R-6 School District for its Parents as Teachers Program, which provides practical, effective help for families and their preschool children by sharinginformation about what to look for and expect as a child grows and develops; Kingsville R-1 School District for the development and growth of its Kingsville Tiger Band as part of the district’s fine arts curriculum; and Columbia Public Schools for its Reading Recovery program, an individualized literacy program for first grade students in which students meet individually with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher for 30 minutes daily for 20 weeks.

180 Days: Hartsville is a co-production of the National Black Programming Consortium and South Carolina ETV with support from the American Graduate Initiative. It examines the efforts of two South.

Carolina elementary school principals and the district superintendent to make significant strides in the education of students. Viewers are asked to consider if the successes in Hartsville reveal universally applicable solutions in education, and if educator and community partnership and leadership really can provide vital opportunities for the youngest public school students.

As part of its outreach effort, KMOS-TV aired panel discussions immediately following the broadcast of the documentary. The panel of Missouri educators explored the vision for mid-Missouri schools and discussed what the state’s rural school districts could gain from the Hartsville experience.

“KMOS-TV is proud to participate in the American Graduate Initiative by recognizing school districts in central Missouri as American Graduate Champions,” said Phil Hoffman, UCM’s director of broadcasting services. “KMOS-TV enjoys a rich heritage of cooperation with the school districts served by its outreach programs and continues to champion innovative, successful programs that bring quality education to Missouri students.”