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“Summertime and the livin’ is easy...”

Well, maybe most summers. But this summer of 2020 is a little different. Many family vacation plans have been upset by the COVID-19 pandemic, so VIA invites you take a “virtual vacation” from home. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and the fascinating stories of the beloved Ken Burns documentary National Parks: America’s Best Idea Thursday nights at 8 on VIA TV. And register here to win a 6 DVD set of this Emmy Award-winning film for later binge-watching! And if you have a favorite memory of visiting a national park, share it here.

Our children lost a lot of classroom time during the spring, so VIA TV is pleased to offer special Learn at Home weekday programming this summer. From favorite PBS Kids educational shows for elementary age students at noon, to “It’s Camp” bringing all the fun of summer camp to your screen at 12:30, to specially selected episodes of Nature, NOVA, and other fineprograms for middle and high school students through the afternoon, VIA makes learning fun. And each program is coordinated with free educational resources and activities for students and parents at wvia.org.

WVIA and other Pennsylvania PBS stations are proud to be an important part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education “continuity of education” plan. We’re currently developing services for the new school year starting in the fall, And VIA is working PDE and our four region Intermediate Units to distribute thousands of “Grab and Go” bags with educational materials and family resources for social/emotional learning skills and trauma informed care.

But our biggest news is the arrival of VIA’s new President and CEO. Carla McCabe joins VIA from KCPT, Kansas City, Missouri where she was Chief Operating Officer, leading television, radio, online, education and marketing teams, overseeing strategic planning and budget management. When conditions permit we hope many in the VIA family—viewers and listeners, members, donors and corporate supporters—will have a chance to meet Carla McCabe and hear of her plans for VIA.

In the meantime, the leadership team and staff of VIA extend heartfelt appreciation to you for helping us navigate this challenging year. It seems even in the worst of times we do some of our best work. Thank you for joining us in this important public service mission.

Best wishes for easy livin’ this summer.

Chris Norton
Senior Vice President
VIA Public Media


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