WKAR In Our Community
11:13 am
Mon July 30, 2012

'Peep' Visits Lansing JazzFest!

Peep will be at Lansing JazzFest Friday, 5:30-7:30p and Saturday 2-5p

WKAR heads to Lansing JazzFest on August 3-4 in Lansing's Old Town.  "Peep," the enchanting title character of the children's series Peep and the Big Wide World, will be on hand to greet the kids near the Kidz Beat tent and the MICA stage.

"Peep" will appear on Friday, August 3 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 4, "Peep" will appear from 2-5 p.m.

Look for our Street Team and have them take your child's photo with Peep! We'll be posting them on our WKAR Facebook page!

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4:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Free Educational Offer!

Order this free literacy booklet with games for kids!

One of the programming services we take great pride in sharing with you at WKAR is our educational programming. Our children's shows teach so many things — science and math concepts, life skills like sharing and cooperating and literacy skills.
I have two kids of my own and I know that our children's programming is not only educational, but it's lots of fun, too. Kids learn best when they are having fun and our programs do exactly that — teach valuable lessons in a delightful way.

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7:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Superintendent: School Funding Reform Should Include Early Childhood, College

WKAR file photo

The state’s education chief says money for early childhood education and community colleges needs to be part of fixing Michigan’s school funding system.

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12:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

MSU Remembers Morrill Act on Its Sesquicentennial

MSU's Morrill Hall is named after the U.S. Senator who sponsored 1862's landmark Morrill Act.
WKAR file photo

Today marks the 150th anniversary of a landmark law that revolutionized American education.  As WKAR’s Mark Bashore reports, the Morrill Act traces its roots to mid-Michigan.

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2:01 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Education Services at WKAR

Ready To Learn families engage in fun activities.

I have two kids – they’re 8 and 11, and like every kid, they want to watch TV. You’d think, given that both my husband and I have spent our careers in television, that this would be fine with us, but that’s not always the case.

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2:21 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Davenport University To Create New Downtown Lansing Campus

This artist's rendering shows the planned site of Davenport University's new downtown Lansing campus. The university will renovate the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2013.
Courtesy Davenport University

Davenport University is announcing plans to create a new campus in downtown Lansing.  The private non-profit school will renovate a nine-story building on Grand Avenue.

Davenport University will remodel the 55,000 square foot Grand View Center building in Lansing to accommodate up to two thousand students.  The new space will house a number of medical and IT programs and will include hi-tech classrooms and labs. 

President Richard Pappas says the location is ideal for its plans to be part of a downtown educational corridor.

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5:11 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

In Our Community - at the Zoo!

Connie Montague and her grandchildren at Potter Park Zoo.
w.r. richards/WKAR

WKAR celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, June 2, as part of the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event.

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6:33 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

MI Business Leaders Seek Greater Pre-School Access

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A coalition of business leaders says Michigan’s economic future depends on preschool accessibility for children at risk.

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6:33 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Michigan Gov. Signs Cyber School Measure into Law

WKAR file photo

More online charter schools will be allowed in Michigan under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

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6:36 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Veterans Would Qualify for Residential Tuition Rates Under Bills

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Some state lawmakers want to give returning veterans a break on tuition at public universities and community colleges if they settle in Michigan.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed May 9, 2012

"LRN 101" Comes to WKAR-TV

WKAR-TV will begin airing episodes of "LRN 101," Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WKAR-TV, beginning May 12. The new series highlights the varied educational resources available throughout the Greater Lansing region. "LRN 101" is produced in Lansing as part of the Keep Learning initiative, a non-profit organization committed to promoting education in mid-Michigan.

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12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

"Media Sandbox" Blends Once Separate Skills

Meagan Choi helps present her team's "Media Sandbox" entry on April 21. Media Sandbox is a multi-disciplinary communications curriculum developed by the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Nafalie Kolb Michigan State University

Milennials. Digital natives. Generation Z.  Many terms describe the young adults who’ve grown up with technology.  They carry pocket devices that contain more computational power than was used to put a man on the moon.  From kindergarten through college, educators are re-tooling their classes to prepare students for a quickly evolving media world.

Michigan State University is no exception.  All semester, five student teams have been competing to design a multimedia campaign that explains the university’s new communications strategy, the “Media Sandbox.”  On Saturday,  one of those teams will be announced the winner.

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12:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Morrill Act Opened Doors for 19th Century Americans

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862. It established the land grant university system, which had been pioneered seven years earlier through a state land grant initiative that created Michigan State University.
Courtesy of Michigan State University

Michigan State University often boasts of its status as America’s “pioneer land grant university.”  In 1855, MSU was chartered under state law as an agricultural college.  The deal included 14,000 acres of state owned land.  Seven years later, the Morrill Act granted federally-owned land to the states to build new universities. 

The act marked a major shift in American education.  Up till then, colleges mainly emphasized the liberal arts.  Land grant universities still taught the classics, but also included agriculture, science and engineering. 

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6:25 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

MSU Ed Researcher Warns of Writing Skills Gap

A Michigan State University researcher says improving the writing skills of America's K-12 students may be harder than anticipated.

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7:19 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Michigan's Graduation Rate Dips Slightly for 2011

Tougher graduation requirements for Michigan's high school class of 2011 did not result in a sharp rise in the number of dropouts.

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WKAR Hosts Educational Conference
4:21 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

"Picturing America" Conference for Teachers

The Lansing School District and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to invite area teachers to apply for participation in a NEH Picturing America Conference entitled “Mid-Michigan’s Legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy” in May, 2012.    

Facilitated by the Lansing School District, this second conference (the first identical conference in March was fully enrolled) will be hosted by WKAR at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, May 10 through May 12, 2012.

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Raising Readers Workshop | April 19, Lansing
2:52 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

WKAR Sponsors “Raising Readers” Workshop

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free “Raising Readers” Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, April 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will take place at Cumberland Elementary School, 2801 Cumberland Road, Lansing.

The workshop is targeted to families and children ages 4-6, although siblings are welcome to attend. Participants will learn activities that are fun but also offer a new way to build reading skills.

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Raising Readers Workshop | March 29, Lansing
2:54 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Raising Readers Workshop March 29 in Lansing

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free “Raising Readers” Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, March 29, 6-7:30 p.m. The event will take place at North Elementary School, 333 E. Miller Rd., Lansing.

The workshop is targeted to families and children ages 4-6, although siblings are welcome to attend. Participants will learn activities that are fun but also offer a new way to build reading skills.

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Dance Contest for Kids!
10:13 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Curious George Dance Contest!

Calling all parents! Does your child love Curious George? Do they love to dance? Have them show off their best monkey moves and exercise their creativity in the first‐ever Curious George Dance Contest!

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1:11 am
Wed February 29, 2012

East Lansing Voters Say No to School Bond

East Lansing voters rejected the school bond proposal.
Gretchen Millich WKAR

After months of intense debate, voters in East Lansing have turned down a $53 million school bond proposal. 

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Ready to Learn
12:54 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

March 18 | Early Childhood Literacy Coalition Event

Storybook characters, performers, authors and storytelling are combined in a way to help kids learn to love reading at a free special event on Sunday, March 18, from 1-4 p.m. The event will take place at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

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2:44 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Lansing Raising Readers Workshop March 15

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., at Gier Park Elementary School in Lansing.

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2:39 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Holt Raising Readers Workshop March 22

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host the third in a series of free Raising Readers Family Fun Workshops on Thursday, March 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The event takes place at Sycamore Elementary School, 4429 Sycamore, Holt.

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6:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Whitmer, Dems Push State-Funded College for All HS Grads

Melissa Benmark WKAR

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing has a plan that she says would make Michigan’s young people the best educated in the world.  She says her “Michigan 2020” proposal would send every high school graduate in Michigan on to college without raising taxes.  

To fund the initiative, her proposed bill would eliminate at least $1.8 billion in what she labels “special interest kickbacks.”   WKAR’s Mark Bashore asked her to cite some examples of the “tax breaks and loopholes” that would pay for the plan.

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