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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253



(Rochester, NY) December 6, 2011Homework Hotline is pleased to announce Lena Miller of Irondequoit, Ben Wilson of Hilton, and Cody Ingraham of Guilderland, NY as winners of its Hotline Hot Shots contest. The live call-in TV show, where kids get help with homework problems right on the air, kicked off its 20th anniversary season last September by hosting the photo contest. From September 12 through December 1, 2011 students were asked to submit photos of them doing their homework with captions as to why homework and education are important to them. As their prize –  Miller, Wilson, and Ingraham will each receive a Nook electronic reader from Barnes and Noble.

The winners will be announced on Homework Hotline Tuesday, December 6 through Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Their winning entries will be posted on Homework Hotline’s Web site along with other selected submissions on Friday, December 9. To see the entries visit: <>.

Designed for children in grades four through 12, Homework Hotline provides the tools students need to succeed in school, and supports academic achievement across a variety of NYS Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester 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, and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, Homework Hotline has helped thousands of children with their studies. The program airs Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), and on PBS stations throughout New York State

Homework Hotline’s 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.
The site earned the 2008 Parents’ Choice Award, which honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and Web sites.

The series has received nine New York State Broadcasters Association Awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a 2010 My Source Education Innovation Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Silver Telly, Bronze Telly, and an Aurora Award. Homework Hotline is funded in part by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).


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