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VIA provides learn-at-home opportunities for students

VIA Public media has changed its afternoon television schedule from 1 to 4 p.m. to air programs to provide learn-at-home opportunities for students.

Each program airing during this block will have curriculum and additional resources that parents and educators can use for students in fourth to 12th grades. Prior to 1 p.m. VIA will continue to air PBS kids programming, which is educationally minded for children pre-kindergarten to third grade. All resources can be found free of charge at wvia.org.

This schedule has been designed to help school districts bridge the digital divide and provide access to learning for all students at home regardless of access to computers or the internet. The upcoming schedule and curriculum for the first week of programming can currently be found at wvia.org with future weeks’ schedules and resources being posted to the website within the coming days.

“We want families to know that they are not alone during this time and that time at home can be spent learning together,” said Kirsten Smith, grants and education officer at VIA Public Media. “From Nature and NOVA to insightful documentaries, VIA and PBS have hundreds of hours of learning opportunities for students at all grade levels.”

The upcoming programming, according to the website, include subjects about:

Today — “First Man on the Moon,” “Hannibal in the Alps” and “A Constitution in Writing.”

Friday — “Wild Florida” and “Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise.”

Monday — “Artice Ghost Ship,” “Shakespeare’s Tomb” and “10 Modern Marvels that Changed America.”

Tuesday — “Jungle Animal Hospital,” “Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb” and “Moving Planet.”

Wednesday — “Saving the Dead Sea” and “The Extraordinary Journey.”

April 2 — “Nature’s Miniature Miracles,” “A Year in Space,” and “A Constitution for All.”

April 3 — “Wild Weather,” “Paradise Lost | Paradise Rebuilds,” “SciGirls” and “Inside the Megafire”

“We hope that this change can better serve the families and school districts throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley,” said Chris Norton, senior vice president of VIA Public Media.

WVIA-TV can be found on over-the-air antenna on channel 44 and on all major network providers in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA carries PBS Kids programming all day on its second channel 44.2, corresponding educational resources for PBS Kids programming can also be found online.

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