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PBS Reno Celebrates
Record-Breaking Year in Education Services


RENO, NV (September 9, 2022) — PBS Reno Education Services is celebrating a record-breaking year of delivering Curiosity Classroom Workshops to local classrooms, distributing free books, inspiring young writers and illustrators, and playing a vital role in sparking a love of learning in each student in northern and central Nevada.

During the 2021-2022 school year, PBS Reno conducted a record-breaking 3,740 Curiosity Classroom workshops in Washoe County, Carson City, Douglas County, Elko County, Lyon County, and Humboldt County. PBS Reno’s team of 35+ certified facilitators interacted with 71,941 students and distributed 26,972 free books to students. When compared to the 2020-2021 school year, the numbers reflect a 35% increase in workshops, a 48% increase in student participants, and a 47% increase in books distributed.

“I’m so proud to be a part of the PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom program because we are able to witness on a daily basis fantastic student engagement with our STEM workshops,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “Now more than ever, teachers appreciate these free workshops, which include all of the necessary resources for the 45-60 minute long STEM lesson. Our numbers keep growing because each satisfied teacher tells their colleagues about our workshops. The Curiosity Classroom workshops basically sell themselves.”

The PBS Reno Writers Contest and the PBS Reno Reading Buddies program are also setting records! During the 2021-2022 school year, PBS Reno received entries from 2,299 local students – beating the number of entries from the previous year of 1,979. Additionally, 1,939 students participated in the Reading Buddies program, capping off a successful and thriving school year for PBS Reno Education Services.

“This is a record setting year for our program,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “Our in-classroom workshops provide significant value for students and teachers, at no cost to them. To achieve these results in a six-county region is outstanding. Our thanks to the individual donors and foundations who provide the dollars to make this incredible program possible.”     

About PBS Reno

As of February 2022, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 113,000 people in approximately 62,000 households in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create 5.2 and PBS KIDS Reno 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. PBSReno.org provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at watch.PBSReno.org that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

Contact us:

Membership Questions: membership@pbsreno.org
Programming Hotline: programming@pbsreno.org

Phone: 775.600.0555
Address: 1670 N. Virginia St. • Reno NV 89503