KLCS Awarded Grant for Community Engagement Education Project

KLCS is one of only 10 public television stations nationally to receive the community engagement grant to explore the education themes presented in a new PBS documentary, "180 Days: Hartsville."
KLCS’s community engagement project is called "College Is Elementary." The station and its partners will explore ways in which Los Angeles communities are coming together to create a college-bound culture in elementary schools serving low-income students and their families.
With the grant, KLCS will produce “American Graduate Champions” video profiles at LAUSD’s Western Avenue Elementary School, where the principal, Dr. Shilby Sims, and her staff hold regular college pep rallies for their Pre-K - 5 students. The profiles will air on KLCS throughout Spring and Summer 2015.
KLCS will also host a pre-screening and panel discussion for educators, community partners, and other stakeholders on March 5, to explore local efforts that help students and parents realize that college is not just a dream -- it should be a plan.
The nationally-broadcast documentary, "180 Days: Hartsville," will premiere on KLCS Tuesday, March 17, at 9 p.m. The film and the KLCS outreach project are part of the CPB "American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen" initiative, a long-term public media commitment supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American Graduate helps communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media stations, like KLCS, play a significant role building individual activity, local community capacity, and national awareness.
About the "180 Days: Hartsville" Documentary:
Though Hartsville, South Carolina is a small town, far from big city “drop out factories,” its 7,500 residents must still contend with the urgent demand for reform in American public schools. But to lift the performance locally of its least fortunate kids, educators must find a way to balance the many competing priorities that are driving reform nationally -- from high-stakes testing to social and emotional learning to the growing battle over the Common Core. Can they find a way to do it all in 180 days?

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