For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

KIDS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE TURN TO WXXI'S HOMEWORK HOTLINE FOR HOMEWORK HELP THIS SEPTEMBER

Rochester, NY (August 23, 2007) - Homework Hotline, WXXI's statewide homework help show, launches its 17th season on Monday, September 17, 2007 with a brand new Web site and a sixth segment added to its regular weekly features. Homework Hotline is a live call-in show where master teachers help kids with homework problems right on the air. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher and New York City Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television. Homework Hotline airs on public television throughout New York State during the school year, and airs in Rochester Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m., beginning September 17th on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11). The Rochester Dial-A-Teacher phone number is  585-262-5000 or 888-986-2345, and they take calls from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Geared to children in grades four through 12, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. WXXI Public Broadcasting produces the program in partnership with Rochester Dial-A-Teacher and New York City Dial-A-Teacher, which staff phone banks with teachers to help kids with their homework.

Launching the same day as the show premieres is the new Homework Hotline Web site at homework-hotline.org. The site features a video player where visitors can search by subject matter segments from the show. The site also presents two interactive video games, homework help tips, a list of educational links, broadcast schedules, teacher host bios, and plenty of educational and entertaining features.

Joining five regular Homework Hotline segment features is the new Healthy You segment, which focuses on family health, healthy behaviors, disease prevention and safety. Healthy You joins Zoophily, a feature that involves animals from zoos across New York State; Book Reviews, where students review books and share their opinions; Getting Historical, which takes a look at museums, re-enactors, historic sites, famous and not so historic figures; Going Green, which focuses on environmental issues and actions viewers can take that impact the environment; and New York State of Mine, a segment that tells stories about people, places and things around New York State.Healthy You is funded by a grant from the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation and the Polisseni Foundation.

In addition to new program changes and Web site, Homework Hotline will be distributed to stations in a whole new way. It will use the interconnect, a new fiber optic interconnection that enables New York's public broadcasting stations to deliver innovative, live educational and public service programming to the entire state at the lowest possible cost.

An award-winning production, Homework Hotline has garnered seven New York State Broadcasters Association awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a Silver Telly, Bronze Telly and an Aurora award. The program is funded by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation.

 

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