We’d like to extend a huge thank you to local residents who donated to the WHRO Public Media School Supply Drive! Our community stepped up in a big way to make sure local students are equipped for success as they start a new school year.

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Finding room to store all of the donated supplies was a challenge.

We received a total of 1,063 items dropped off at our Williamsburg and Norfolk offices. Of that total, we distributed 675 items to the Berkley Community Center. The center is one of our community partners under the Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media grant. The remaining supplies are being divided between four partnering schools: Norge Elementary, James River Elementary, Carver Elementary and James Hurst Elementary.

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In partnership with other community organizations, we also held our Back to School Tech Fest Event in late August. "The attendance was awesome," said Martha Razor, WHRO's Manager of Early Childhood Learning. "Approximately 200-300 parents and children stopped by our booth for photos with Curious George and to explore many of our PBS kids learning apps. We also had the opportunity to meet with numerous parents, share with them about our services and encourage them in ways they could extend learning at home."

Curious George stopped by to greet local students.

Children who stopped by our booth explored learning apps on iPads.

Children who visited the WHRO Kids booth received a free book along with other PBS Kids resources including pencils, stickers, tattoos, book markers, coloring sheets and funbooks. WHRO also donated 250 backpacks to the center in support of their school supply drive.

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Without our local donors, none of this work would be possible! Thank you so much for partnering with us to help local children enjoy a new year of fun and learning.

Want to be more involved in the work that WHRO Public Media does? Check out the many ways you can support us. Or take a moment to donate online today.