Howard University Television station, WHUT, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for its work in early childhood literacy in the communities of Anacostia and Columbia Heights on Friday, Nov. 6.
The grant will help WHUT fund activities aimed at supporting early childhood literacy. The station will hold a day-long literacy activity in April 2010 for approximately 100 children ages 4 – 8, as well as two week-long literacy camps in June 2010 that will benefit 40 children and their families.
The station has worked for more than two years in the Columbia Heights and Anacostia areas through community engagement in an effort to address early childhood literacy. More than 100 pre-school children have improved their literacy skills due to direct involvement with WHUT. More than 1,000 families received literacy DVDs and more than 5,000 families received literacy information.
WHUT strives to serve the greater Washington, DC community with quality media content and services that promote understanding and inform, educate and inspire its audience through the power of television and the internet. WHUT is the only Public Broadcast Station (PBS) member licensed to a Historically Black College and University and the only station operated by a predominantly minority staff.
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Pamela D. Leftrict, Esq., Director for State Public Policy, Verizon Washington, D.C.; Karen I Campbell, Vice President & Chief Policy Officer, Verizon Washington, D.C.; Jennifer Lawson, WHUT General Manager, and Shelley Norfleet, Education Coordinator.