It’s that time of year again – time for us adults to get together for the benefit of Ozark Public Television’s littlest viewers. Each fall, the station hosts events in Springfield and Joplin to raise funds for our children’s programming efforts on OPT.
For decades PBS has been an undisputed leader in harnessing the power of television to teach children. Through programs like Sesame Street, Super WHY! and Sid the Science Kid, PBS combines research-based teaching strategies and wonderfully engaging characters to help ensure that all children are prepared for success in school and life.
We are so proud to be the Ozarks’ source for PBS children’s programs. While this service requires a tremendous investment from the station – about $600,000 each year – we know it is well worth it. The dividends are realized every day – from a kindergartener waving her hand in the air to confidently answer a question at school…to a fourth grader opening a new book with a gleam of excitement in his eyes.
I invite you to attend one of this fall’s events to help OPT continue to inspire a lifelong love of learning in young viewers across our community. The 24th annual WineFeast in Joplin will be held on Sunday, October 13, and the 26th annual Wine & Food Celebration is Saturday, October 19 in Springfield. Learn more at www.optv.org or by calling Hannah Wingo at 417-836-8894. We hope to see you there!