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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS

WXEL participates at various events throughout the community mostly in the Palm Beach County area to promote WXEL TV services and to enhance/create partnerships, includng the  Literacy Luncheon, Literacy Day Celebration, Health fair, parents literacy night, etc. Also, WXEL's Education Director Samantha Conde, serves in diverse board/committees including Resource Depot Board, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Central Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, ArtiGras – ArtiKids. Furthermore WXEL's Education Director participates/attends Conferences, Seminars and Webinars for professional development and to fulfill grant requirements. WXEL supports national and local campaigns including; Read for the Record, Read Together Palm Beach County, Families Reading Together; and other multi-media community engagement campaigns or initiatives often grant-funded and based on PBS programs and other national and local public broadcasting programs; focusing on relevant local issues while targeting diverse audiences through activities and events


Current Projects

 

American Graduate Day, September 27th, 2014

American Graduate Day returns for its third year on September 27, 2014 from 2 PM to 6 PM. This live national, multi-platform broadcast event focuses on the individuals and organizations working in communities across the country to keep students on the path to graduation.

WXEL was chosen, out of a limited number of stations overall, to have our locally produced interstitials featured during the National broadcast of American Graduate. Watch all 3 interstitials we created below:

 


*Nationally featured interstitial

- Sgt. Oscar Cardenas, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

  

- Spanish Version that will air on V-Me

- David Sommer, Director – Choral and Vocal Studies at Royal Palm Beach Community High School

 

 

- Dr. Jeannette Manzanero, Director – Global Education Center at Palm Beach State College

 

For more information on how communities across the county can take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion” for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources: American Graduate


 

 presents SPACE RACERS™ 

 

SPACE RACERS™, a new, animated preschool series, produced in collaboration with NASA experts. The half-hour show will debut during WXEL’s weekend children’s programming block all through Summer 2014 at 9:30 a.m on Saturdays. 

SPACE RACERS™ follows spaceship cadets at the Stardust Space Academy as they soar through the solar system. Young viewers will learn about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team - all with fun, engaging, and relatable characters.  The series follows spaceships Eagle, Hawk, Robyn, Starling and Raven along with their fellow cadets as they take on scientific challenges and explore the far reaches of space.

Series creators collaborated with NASA experts to develop a balanced curriculum and create highly engaging and scientifically accurate lessons that can be accessed online at www.SpaceRacers.org.  An exclusive section for parents and educators encompasses family activities and lesson plans based on an early-childhood STEM curriculum.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of a coloring sheet of one of the shows stars "Eagle"

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Past Projects 

 

 presents: Inside The Mind Of John Lithgow - January 30th, 2014

John Lithgow … the famous actor… is the keynote speaker for Palm Beach State College STEAM Luncheon … Inside the Mind of John Lithgow, January 30th at the Kravis Center …Lithgow shares his passion about the role creativity plays in STEAM education.

The STEAM Initiative is a 5 year effort of Palm Beach State Foundation to support 1,000 new scholarship awards… together with 100 new business partners to help to educate and train tomorrow’s leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Inside the Mind of John Lithgow is presented by Bank of America… tickets are $125 each…  A table of 10 is $1,000

Tickets are limited so register now at PalmBeachState.edu or just call to reserve your seat 561-868-3450.

A flyer for the event can be viewed here

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Read for the Record 2013 - Oct 23rd

Ellen Huxley-Laffer, Co-Producer of DEBRA!!! and Assistant Director of the WXEL Garnet Society took party in Jumpstart and the Literacy Coalition’s eight annual “Read for the Record 2013” on Thursday, 03 October.  Assigned to a local West Palm Beach Pre School Ellen read the book to two groups of children ranging in age from 2 – 5 years.  The story, Otis, by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long was selected as the official book for the 2013 campaign.  Otis was read in support of early childhood education.  By the time some children enter kindergarten they are already 60% behind their more affluent peers.  “Read for the Record” brings light to this national issue and gives citizens a platform to voice their support for this cause. 

Otis is a timeless story of a friendship between a lovable tractor and a calf that live on a farm.  Otis is replaced by a new tractor and learns the meaning of perseverance and true friendship when the calf needs his help.  For more information about Otis, please visit www.lorenlong.com/otis.otis.html

After the reading the children enjoyed cupcakes and milk supplied by WXEL.  WXEL is proud to announce that together with their local community partners the station has distributed over 1 million books to local at-risk children. 


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Palm Beach County Library System Celebrates 10th Annual “Families Reading Together” Campaign

November 2013 marks the Palm Beach County Library System’s 10th Annual Families Reading Together Campaign. This event serves to remind the community of the importance of sharing books with children and encouraging them to read on their own. This project is made possible by community sponsors and all events are free to the public.

During this year’s Families Reading Together celebration, all preschoolers and children attending kindergarten through first grade will be encouraged to read Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein.  Elementary school and public libraries will conduct special programs for the event. Additional outreach programming for day care centers will be provided by the Palm Beach County Library System.

Kicking off the festivities on November 2nd from10:00 a.m. until4:00 p.m., the Palm Beach County Library System has planned a day of exciting activities at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.

Admission is free and children showing their library card will receive a free book of their choice at the Great Book Giveaway. Other activities that day include craft-making, a special visit by Neptunia the Sea Goddess and a Storybook Stroll inLoggerheadPark with an appearance by Laurie Allen Klein, the campaign title illustrator. Families Reading Together programs during November include performances by Suzy Hammer as Neptunia the Sea Goddess at all library branches, “Ballet by the Book,” performed by Ballet Palm Beach and a bookmark design contest.

This campaign is sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.

For more information visit the Palm Beach County Library System website at www.pbclibrary.org


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Superhero 5K Fun Run & Family Day - Oct 13th, 2013

The Superhero 5K Fun Run is a chip timed race created to raise awareness and support for foster children in Palm Beach County. Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero costume to help benefit the programs of the Foster & Adoptive Parent’s Association of Palm Beach County. All participants will receive a finishers medal.  

After the race stick around for a Family Day which will include bounce houses, face painter, costume contests, a Family Walk, a silent auction, food, music and much more! For more information, click the logo above or go directly to https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/LakeWorth/Superhero5KFunRun

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College and Career Fair - Oct 10th, 2013

The School District of Palm Beach County is proud to announce the Annual College and Career Fair
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
South Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Center West
9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411

For more information call:
School Counseling and Graduation Support Team
561-432-6365

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Hispanic Heritage Month - Oct 10th, 2013

The Palm Beach State College and WXEL TV are joining the national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting free screenings at Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus of two outstanding documetaries

Stage West at Palm Beach State College Lake Worth Campus 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461 561-868-3974 FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TUNE IN TO WXEL TV TO SEE THE COMPLETE LATINO AMERICANS SERIES:

Tuesday 9/17 at 8pm - Part 1: Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880) & Part 2: Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)

Tuesday 9/24 at 8pm - Part 3: War and Peace (1942-1954) & Part 4: The New Latinos (1946-1965)

Tuesday 10/01 at 8pm - Part 5: Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980) & Part 6: Peril and Promise (1980-2000)

September 24th 3-5 p.m. for “Latino Americans” http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en

October 10th 1-3 p.m. for “American Graduate” http://www.americangraduate.org/about/about-the-initiative.html

LATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a long term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem

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Read For The Record - Oct 3rd, 2013

 

Everglades Farm Equipment Loxahatchee location will host this year's Palm Beach County "Read for the Record" October 3rd, 2013. This year, the selected story is Otis, about an outdated model tractor who is “retired” but manages to befriend and save a baby calf.


Everglades has opened their showroom a great place for kids to read about "tractors" while surrounded by John Deere tractors. We are expecting approximately 80-100 preschool children plus their chaperones to listen to a couple of stories, including Otis.


Please plan on coming out to this fun event.


We will be serving FREE homemade Ice Cream from a John Deere Tractor!


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WXEL Community Partners Appreciation Breakfast - Sept 17, 2013

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Read Together Palm Beach County 2012


PURPOSE: To involve 10,000 - 20,000 adults throughout Palm Beach County in reading the same book at the same time. This community reading campaign will entice adults who can read, but often don't, to get involved in the habit of reading again. It will also promote community dialogue and engagement as citizens gather together to discuss key themes.

HISTORY: Based on the success of similar campaigns in Seattle and Chicago, the Campaign Coordinating Committee has conducted Read Together Palm Beach County in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In each campaign, thousands of adults read and discussed with great enthusiasm the chosen community book: Fahrenheit 451Their Eyes Were Watching GodTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Memory Keeper's Daughter and The Book Thief.

RECOGNITION: Former Gov. Jeb Bush wrote to every city in Florida and encouraged them to form "One Book, One Community" reading campaigns based on the Palm Beach County model. Read Together Palm Beach County produced a handbook on how to conduct a similar reading campaign and Former Governor Bush urged municipalities to use this book to guide them in their campaigns.

PARTICIPANTS: Businesses, libraries, chambers of commerce, municipalities, local book clubs, neighborhood associations and many other groups.

Click Here for more information from the Literacy Coalition.



 

Summer 2011 BOOK Drive & Reading Club

LEAP into a Great Story

GOAL Donate 2,000 books to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

HOW? go to www.COOLreadings.com Register & Read Online (with parent) 

It's FREE and for every book you read online, our friends at WeGiveBooks.org will donate a new book!
 


 


Ongoing Projects

 

PBS KIDS! Ready To Learn
Preparing Children for School Through Educational Television, Free Books, and Parent/Caregiver Support  Read more...



 




Tri-County Literacy Initiative for Adults & Families
WXEL plans literacy activities and events for adults and families through partnerships and collaborations with strategic literacy organizations in the tri-county area. 

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GED Connection
Part of the LiteracyLink Project, airs on WXEL Television Fridays at 1:00pm.  
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Annual Projects

Annual WXEL Holiday Book Drive
This holiday book drive allows WXEL to distribute hundreds more NEW children’s books to parents and educators of at-risk children ages 2 to 8. The books collected during this holiday drive will be distributed by the WXEL Outreach Coordinator at sites throughout the community.  Read more... 

 
Read-for-the-Record
An annual campaign by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County which takes place every Fall... the WXEL education team orders and distributes the featured book at designated Ready To Learn sites.  Read more...
 


Read Together Palm Beach County
A countywide reading campaign, chosen books are discussed at work, in book discussion groups, in neighborhoods, clubs, libraries, religious organizations and Read Together events. During each campaign, approximately 20,000 to 30,000 people participate.  Read more...
 
 

Families Reading Together
This event serves to remind the community of the importance of sharing books with children and encouraging them to read on their own. This project is made possible by community sponsors and all events are free to the public.  Read more...




PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
Annual Competition Fosters Reading, Writing and Creativity 






 

For more information about WXEL Community Projects,
please contact us here.