July marks the start of a new fiscal year for WTVP, and it marks the transition to a new internal accounting system and even greater accountability to our Trustees who represent you. The charge for the year is a familiar one: maximize our resources to provide a national and local service that educates, enhances, and engages the minds of our viewers.
One area outside of regular broadcast that we have excelled in over the past several years is the Ready to Lead in Literacy project. WTVP staff and volunteers regularly give workshops to educators, parents and caregivers of young children. More than 50 of these workshops were given in a variety of schools, community centers and social service agencies in Central Illinois just last year alone. Over the 12 years that we've been doing this, WTVP has given away almost 70,000 books to children who would not otherwise have access to them. Nothing helps encourage reading like a book of your own. The federal funding for this project dried up this year and we are left without resources to purchase more books. Here's how you can help.
Take example from the students at Dunlap High School. They held a book drive this past year and collected 3,591 new and gently used books that WTVP passed on to at-risk children. If your school or organization is looking for a worthwhile project, please consider a WTVP "Ready to Lead in Literacy" book drive. Collect the books and call 495-0593 to make arrangements to deliver them to us. We will put a bookplate in each book that recognizes your group's efforts, and we will get them to the children in our area who so desperately need them. We will also recognize your group on air. Thanks for your help. A community of young readers awaits your generosity.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)