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PBS KIDS GO!sm IS THE “PRIMARY” CHOICE FOR KIDS’ PROGRAMMING ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY

WORDGIRL saves city hall in a new episode on Monday, February 18


Arlington, VA (January 22, 2008) – This Presidents’ Day, PBS KIDS GO! is the best candidate for fun and educational elementary school-age kids’ programming. Focusing on age-appropriate entertainment, PBS KIDS GO! provides programs that teach elementary school-age kids the basics of civics and government through fun, curriculum-based entertainment. Featuring a two-hour block of ARTHUR, CYBERCHASE, MAYA AND MIGUEL, and, in a special Monday premiere, WORDGIRL, kids’ favorite PBS KIDS GO! characters learn what it takes to run their class, local and cyberspace government!

Airing on PBS KIDS GO! Monday, February 18 (check local listings):

WORDGIRL (New episode!)
Episode #110 “Mr. Big's Big Plan” WordGirl must get to the bottom of Mr. Big's plan to steal the local election when he claims he's reformed and runs for Mayor.

ARTHUR
Episode #506 “The Election” 'I, Muffy Crosswire, do solemnly swear to uphold the office of the President of the United ...' Actually, it's only a mock election in Mr. Ratburn's class, but Muffy takes it just as seriously. How far will she go to win?

CYBERCHASE
Episode #204 “True Colors” A new, reformed Hacker runs for election against Motherboard, claiming to have done five good deeds, and promising to turn over a new leaf. Can the kids find a counter example that proves his claims to be false - or will Hacker be elected the new ruler of cyberspace?

MAYA & MIGUEL
Episode #110 “Politics Unusual” Maya has a bright idea to support her friend Maggie’s campaign for Class President in order to reorganize the upcoming School Assembly Day show. Unfortunately, someone else decides to run, an unassuming kid named Simon. Can Maya and Maggie out-glitz Simon’s campaign? Or is Simon the right choice because he listens to the concerns of the other students?

In addition, pbskidsgo.org offers online resources to continue kids’ learning while online. Supporting material is also available on pbsteachers.org.

  • The Democracy Project (www.pbskidsgo.org/democracy) Kids can explore being President for a day, learn how government affects each person, and go inside a voting booth to learn how a small number of votes can have a big impact on history.

  • Presidents: The Secret History (www.pbskids.org/wayback) Kids can hit a fictitious campaign trail to check out historic and unusual campaign memorabilia from American presidential campaigns, as well as explore a dossier of little-known “presidential secrets.”

About PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!:
PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, are committed to providing the highest quality non-commercial content and learning environment for children across the country. Providing age-appropriate, diverse programming for kids, PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! programs consistently earn more prestigious awards than any other broadcast or cable network. Only PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. With additional PBS resources to complement its programming, including PBS KIDS online (www.pbskids.org), PBS KIDS GO! online (www.pbskidsgo.org), PBS Parents (www.pbsparents.org), PBS Teachers (www.pbs.org/teachers), PBS Ready To Learn services and literacy events across the country, PBS is providing the tools necessary for positive child development. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s 355 public television stations, serving nearly 73 million people each week and reaching 99% of American homes.


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Jake Landis, 703/739-5362
jwlandis@pbs.org
Jennifer Faulkner, 720/733-2886
jfaulkner@faulknermpr.com


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