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Monday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. Homework Hotline

(Rochester, NY)Homework Hotline, the live call-in show where kids get help with homework problems right on the air, celebrates its 20th year when it kicks off its new season on Monday, September 12 at 5:30 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Produced by WXXI , and broadcast on PBS stations across New York State, the series has helped thousands of children with their studies. Homework Hotline airs Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD throughout the school year.

One million kids tune in to Homework Hotline for help each week. Designed for children in grades four through 12, the program 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.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary WXXI is hosting a Hot Shot Contest, where students will be asked to submit photos of themselves doing homework and write captions as to why homework and education are important to them. Three first place winners will be picked from three different grade groups: 3rd- 5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th. There will also be a second and third place winner picked from each group. Select photos will be put into a photo gallery on the Homework Hotline Web site at www.HomeworkHotline.org, and a select few will also be shown on air. Prizes will be awarded to all the winners. The contest will run from September 12 through December 1, 2011, and winners will be announced the week of December 5.

Six Rochester master teachers host the series. They include: Joe Zuniga, a National Board Certified teacher at Wilson Magnet High School; John Walker, an algebra and geometry teacher at John Marshall High School; Ed Hathaway, a computer science teacher for over 35 years; Craig Zaremba, a science and Living Environment teacher at Dr. Freddie Thomas School; Laura Drake, a math teacher at the World of Inquiry School; and Donna Mineo, a math teacher at the Rochester City School District.

In addition to providing help with students’ studies, Homework Hotline presents daily thematic segments on animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State. Homework Hotline also presents health segments called Healthy You, which are hosted by kids and provide information on ways kids can lead a healthy lifestyle. The Healthy You segments are made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Homework Hotline’s Web site (www.HomeworkHotline.org) 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 Web 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).


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.