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

NINE HOMEWORK HOTLINE FANS WILL BE GUEST
HOSTS OF WXXI’S LIVE, HOMEWORK HELP SHOW

(Rochester, New York) April 21, 2010 – Homework Hotline, WXXI’s state-wide live call-in show where master teachers help kids with homework problems right on the air, will feature nine different guest hosts Monday, April 26 through Thursday, May 6, 2010. The nine Homework Hotline fans earned host slots after calling in the most correct answers to the programs Daily Challenge questions throughout the season.

The winning Homework Hotline hosts, and their debut dates are:

  1. Ruben Cuevas, Vestal Hills Elementary, Vestal, NY, hosts Monday, April 26
    at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  2. Greg Vanmarren, Honeoye Falls Lima Middle School, Honeoye Falls, NY, hosts Tuesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  3. Justin Kowal, Golding Middle School, Cobleskill, NY, hosts Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  4. Noah Stewart, Home Schooled, Staten Island, NY, hosts Thursday, April 29
    at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  5. Cody & Colin Ingraham from Guilderland, NY, host Monday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  6. John Mbaga, Morrisville Eaton School, Morrisville, NY, hosts Tuesday, May 4
    at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  7. Adrian Kowal, Ryder Elementary, Cobleskill, NY, hosts Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)
  8. Zachary Riese, Franklin Magnet School, Syracuse, NY, hosts Thursday, May 6
    at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11)

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 Dial-A-Teacher 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.

Produced by WXXI, 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.

The program also hosts a companion Web site at <homeworkhotline.org>, which 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 Web site features a video player where visitors can search, by subject matter, segments from the show, interactive games, and homework help tips, a list of educational links, broadcast schedules, teacher host bios, and educational and entertaining features.

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