WPSU to participate in American Graduate Day 2014 with special programming

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Public Media, WPSU will celebrate American Graduate Day 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 27, with an afternoon of national and local programming, live interviews and performances. The multiplatform event airs from noon to 5 p.m. on WPSU-TV.

American Graduate Day 2014 celebrates the exceptional work of individuals and groups across the country who help local youth stay on track to college and career success.

Penn State Public Media will spotlight three people in the WPSU-TV viewing area who are helping kids stay in school until graduation: Ryan Devlin, of Brockway, Jefferson County; Ann Mead, of Warren County; and Danielle Yoder, of Penns Valley, Centre County.

Devlin teaches English and technology, and chairs the English department at Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School. His teaching has earned him 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and a PBS LearningMedia 2014 Digital Innovators Program Award. Devlin also serves as a cross-country track coach and mentor who works one-on-one to ensure his students each receive the support they need to succeed.

Under the direction of Ann Mead, The Warren County Summer Music School provides fine arts instruction to students as part of a three-week immersion in the performing and visual arts. As fine arts programs are being de-funded across the country, the rural community of Warren is reinforcing the importance of the arts to the region and showcasing how a fine arts education can improve a student’s overall academic experience. 

Danielle Yoder, Penns Valley Elementary School principal and Title I coordinator, championed a program to combine at-risk youth and their younger peers. Penns Valley also sponsors Get Your Child Ready to Read spring and summer workshops for parents with children entering kindergarten to promote early literacy.

American Graduate Day 2014 is hosted by Wes Moore, best-selling author and U.S. Army veteran and is part of the public media initiative American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, helping communities support graduation rates through local public media stations. The event will broadcast and stream live from Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Viewers and online users who are interested in connecting with local organizations and youth as American Graduate Champions can send a text on the day of broadcast or log on to AmericanGraduate.org to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns. Viewers will also be invited to participate in the discussion via Twitter using the #AmGrad hashtag and on Facebook.

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Last Updated September 23, 2014