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

WXXI RECEIVES A 2008 FRIEND OF LITERACY AWARD FROM
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF ROCHESTER, INC.

(Rochester, New York) June 23, 2008 – In recognition of WXXI’s support of literacy improvement in the local community, the station received a 2008 “Friend of Literacy” Award from Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc (LVR). The award was presented as part of LVR’s annual meeting on June 18, 2008. LVR specifically acknowledged WXXI’s Regional Adult Education Network, as well as its broadcast and online efforts, and commended the station for being an advocate for literacy for families in the greater Rochester community.

WXXI is the host site for the Mid-West Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN), which is one of seven staff development organizations established by the New York State Education Department's Adult Education and Workforce Development Team. The Network is dedicated to improving the services delivered by providers of adult education, workforce development and training. Training topics include working with adult literacy providers to improve their instruction in working with adult students in such areas as: English as a second language, computer literacy, health literacy, financial literacy, citizenship, Pre-GED and GED preparation and transitioning to the workforce, job training and post-secondary education.

WXXI’s adult literacy programs help hundreds of people in the greater Rochester community gain their GED and learn basic workforce skills. WXXI’s 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. Instructional Television broadcasts include GED Connection, Workplace Essentials and Learn to Read.  WXXI’s web site, at <wxxi.org/education>, supports WXXI’s educational broadcasts and outreach initiatives, which includes: PBS LiteracyLink, a service that links underserved and hard-to-reach adults and their teachers to learning tools; ESL/CivicsLink, a web-based staff development package designed specifically for adult education ESL teachers; and WXXI EdVideo Online, a free service for New York State K-12 & Adult Literacy educators, home schoolers and their students that features over 50,000 educational video, audio, images and clip art that can be streamed or downloaded.

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester shares many of its core values of community education with WXXI. The organization of trained volunteers seeks to tutor those lacking language skills in one-on-one or small group environments. Students who read below an eighth grade level are accepted into the program, along with those seeking to learn English as a second language.
For more information on WXXI’s literacy and educational programs and services, visit <wxxi.org/education>.

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