Whether I’m visiting with a cub scout troop, a high school class,or a group of retirees volunteering at the station, it never ceases to amaze me how faces light up when I mention those two special words – Sesame Street. But it’s not just Sesame Street, of course. Families across the region have special memories of many wonderful children’s programs on OPT. These programs are such a big part of what we do – and a big reason families across the Ozarks discover, trust and love public television.
Raising funds for children’s programming is an important task! Because we invest over $650,000 annually in providing this service to our community – and because many of the viewers who depend most on this service are financially unable to support it – we are continually seeking support to make this service possible.
An especially fun way we have found to help raise this support is through our annual Friday Night TV Dinner and Wine & Food Celebration in Springfield, and the annual WineFeast in Joplin. Both communities have been so supportive over the past 27 years and helped to make these fundraisers a great tradition in support of children’s programming.
I hope you’ll join the fun. These events are just around the corner, so mark your calendar and come have a great time for a great cause. Details about all three events are at www.optv.org. And, on behalf of the thousands of little viewers across the Ozarks, thank you for helping us continue to inspire laughter and learning in our community.