Education Leaders Look To Federal COVID Money To Bolster Student Social-Emotional Needs
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Mt. Hope Student's Award-Winning Story Animated By WVPB
Drake Rasnic, an eight-year-old second grader from Mt. Hope, gets to see his award-winning PBS Kids Writers Contest story come to life.

Rasnic’s story, “Cheese World,” won the Readers’ Choice honor from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. With that honor, comes a special animation of his story by WVPB production associate Daniel Walker. "When I work on a production, I always ask myself who does this affect, and does it accomplish what it was supposed to do? Animation is fun, but hard," Walker said. "I enjoy the process. The best part is bringing something a child wrote at his kitchen table to life. For children, I think that can be a magical experience, one that has the power to change. I think that's why I work for WVPB, to produce content that changes rather than just entertains. If I can do that then I think I've accomplished my goals."

When Rasnic first saw the magic Walker infused into his story on screen, he was jubilant. “It was really cool! I was so excited!”

“Cheese World” comes to life on Swiss Cheese Street as we meet Mr. Cheddar, Old Man Gouda and their cat Colby believing they had not a care in the world. Little did they know, Mr. Ratatat was going to destroy Cheese World that very day.
A school assignment inspired Rasnic to pen his story, but the idea for the topic was all his. “We had to do a thing for school and my Grammy suggested a chocolate town, and I said 'I know! What about a world made of cheese?' ” said Rasnic, who is a fan of cheese, of course.

He will be heading into third grade this Fall and it’s no surprise the successful writer is a big reader. “Reading is my favorite because I like to fill my brain with new knowledge. I like to write because it is fun to create characters."

The award-winning young author is a huge fan of the “Dragon Masters” series and is already reading book 15. “I also like the ‘Dog Man’ series. I really like my ‘Sink Your Teeth Into Sharks’ book. It gives you which types of sharks there are, what they eat, how much they weigh and other facts. I also love to read my Bible.”

Sporting a WVPB Readers’ Choice Award and a colorful animation of his wonderfully cheesy tale, Rasnic offers up a little writing advice to his peers. “Don’t worry about what other people will think of your story and let that get in your way of writing what you’ve thought of.”

Meet our other winners and learn more about the Writers Contest.

Read other winning stories from West Virginia students!

Can COVID Funds Bolster Student Social-Emotional Needs?
In this installment of our educational series, "Closing the COVID Gap," we take a closer look at the millions of federal dollars flowing into the state to help with COVID-relief in our schools. In its last meeting, the West Virginia Board of Education discussed the additional dollars from the American Rescue Plan and how it might be used.
Make A Healthy Snack With Nature Cat
Making fruit leather is a healthy and tasty snack that is also a great family cooking activity! Also, it is the perfect snack to take on the go! Take a tip from Nature Cat and head out on a hike or outdoor adventure to explore — just be sure to bring along some fruit leather for an energizing snack. You can even bring along some extra to share with a friend. CREATE.
Gather The Gang For Family Night With Donkey Hodie
Donkey Hodie and her pals empower young viewers to dream big and overcome obstacles in their own lives. Young viewers are encouraged to be resourceful and to discover that they can solve problems on their own. Oh, and to laugh themselves silly along the way! Gather the family on Friday, June 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. for great fun with Donkey Hodie and friends! LEARN MORE.
The Majesty Of Music And Math
Grades 3 - 5 | Video/Interactive | Music and Math

Learn about the fundamental connections between math and music in four Acts: Rhythm, Frequency, Harmony and Fractals. Concepts presented in the video documentary are reinforced by hands-on experiments using Google Chrome Music Lab Experiments. WATCH AND LEARN!
Austin City Limits | August Greene
PreK-13+ | Media Gallery | Music and Language Arts
On their own, Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins are powerhouse musicians. But, when you put this top-tier rapper, keyboardist/producer extraordinaire and renowned drummer/producer together, you have magic. As August Greene, the trio has garnered praise from coast to coast. This unit includes an excerpt from August Greene’s Austin City Limits performance in November 2018, accompanied by three lessons for multiple grade levels to help instruct and explore a variety of musical and language arts skills. LEARN MORE.
Families Say Special Ed Turmoil Means That Schools Owe Them
Roughly 7 million children in the U.S. receive special education services under a decades-old federal law — or did, until the pandemic began. Many of those services slowed or stopped when schools physically shut down in spring 2020. Modified instruction, behavioral counseling, and speech and physical therapy disappeared or were feebly reproduced online for several months. In some places, this has yet to fully resume. For many children with disabilities, families say this disruption was not just difficult, but devastating as well. READ MORE.
West Virginia History
Kathy Mattea

Explore the career of award-winning country music superstar West Virginia Native, and Mountain Stage Guest Host, Kathy Mattea.
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