Summer Learning

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Tom Axtell
Tom Axtell, General Manager

The summer months are marked with national holidays, family gatherings and much-anticipated vacations as the traditional school year ends and children spend more time at home.We are also in the quadrennial summer sequence that brings the Olympics and the presidential nominating conventions. In between the festivities and contests, parents, grandparents and caregivers may be looking for opportunities to keep kids excited about learning throughout the summer and to reinforce what they have learned before they return to school in the fall.

Vegas PBS will hold more than 90 family engagement workshops over the summer in cooperation with our partners at the Las Vegas Clark County Library District, Family To Family Connection, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Boulder City Library District and other community partners. These hands-on educational workshops build on the curriculum–based content of PBS KIDS programs.

Martha Speaks Reading Buddies workshops enhance literacy and vocabulary skills; Odd Squad “Be the Agent” workshops use math, problem-solving and creativity to solve mysteries; and Peg + Cat workshops inspire the youngest children to see math as exciting, accessible and fun! All workshops incorporate a read-aloud story, a short clip of PBS KIDS educational television and hands-on activities. All families receive a new book and take home activities.Visit VegasPBS.org/RTL or call 702.799.1010 for more details.

Research shows that students involved in extracurricular activities perform better in school and tend to graduate from high school. Many families in Southern Nevada may not be familiar with the wealth of extracurricular youth activities available.Vegas PBS, as a part of our Keeping Kids Fit initiative, has launched a new webpage to provide a list of options for families to consider.Visit VegasPBS.org/kkf/youth-activities to learn more.

This summer,many of us are also looking forward to the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Vegas PBS will offer a number of compelling programs to help you get to know Brazil before the games begin.

Join local Chef Hubert Keller on a behind-the-scenes tour of Rio’s most popular restaurants, breweries, street food and confectionaries in Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef – Get Ready to Rio!Chef Keller worked in Brazil early in his career and developed a deep love for the country’s diverse and wonderful food traditions, which is evident in this new special..

We will explore the remarkable diversity of the world’s fifth largest country in Brazil with Michael Palin.He will Travel from the lost worlds of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, meeting the extraordinary people that help shape this vast nation.

Our travels will then jump to the home of the first Olympics for a historical perspective on one of the world’s most impactful ancient civilizations in The Greeks.This series will trace the story of Greek democracy from its early beginnings through the cataclysmic wars that virtually destroyed the empire, and show us how the Greeks were defeated by the Romans even as their philosophy, science and architecture endured.

Vegas PBS viewers tell us they are curious about the world and want programs that dig deeper into the issues and events of our day and that help explain the cosmic and human events that brought us here. From Ancient Greece to modern Brazil, from literacy skills to gavel-to-gavel political convention coverage, we seek to quench your curiosity. Thank you for your support of television that educates and inspires the entire family.

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