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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

HOMEWORK HOTLINE GIVES NEW YORK STATE STUDENTS A PLACE TO TURN FOR HOMEWORK HELP

(Rochester, New York) September 5, 2008 – Homework Hotline, WXXI’s live statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air, gears up for its 18th seasonwhen it premieres on Monday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), and on PBS stations across New York State. Designed for 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. Teachers from Rochester and New York City Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, 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.  

In addition to providing homework help, the show presents daily thematic segments on health, animals, book reviews, history, environment issues and people and places in New York State. This season, special segments will also include features on Native Americans -- comparing native perspectives of today with those of years past, and on governmental issues in preparation for the upcoming election.

The program also hosts a companion Web site at  <homeworkhotline.org>, which recently earned a 2008 Parents’ Choice Award. The Award honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and Websites. The Website features a video player where visitors can search, by subject matter, segments from the show, interactive games, homework help tips, a list of educational links, broadcast schedules, teacher host bios, and educational and entertaining features.

Homework Hotline’s six master teachers return this season. They are: veteran host Carol Smith, who has taught all grades K-6, including Major Achievement Program in Rochester City Schools; Joe Zuniga, a veteran science teacher from Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester; John Walker, an algebra and geometry teacher at John Marshall High School; Ed Hathaway, a computer science teacher at Wilson Magnet High School; Diane Watkins, a social studies teacher at Madison High School; Craig Zaremba, a science and biology teacher at John Marshall High School.

Homework Hotline has garnered eight New York State Broadcasters Association awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a Silver Telly, Bronze Telly and an Aurora award. New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) funds the program. To learn more, visit <www.homeworkhotline.org> for more information, and to watch video clips from the show.

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