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Ohio foundation grants 60k to Biz Kid
COLUMBUS, Ohio (6/4/09)--The Ohio Credit Union Foundation (OCUF) board of trustees Tuesday approved a $60,000 grant to help underwrite season three of the Emmy-nominated television program “Biz Kid$.” The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Ohio Credit Union League. Since 2006, OCUF has contributed $120,000 to underwriting the show. Biz Kid$ airs on 12 of 13 PBS stations broadcasting in Ohio, in all 50 states, and in 97% of national markets. Biz Kid$ was nominated in May for two Daytime Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science. “The Ohio Credit Union Foundation has been committed to the success of Biz Kid$ from the start, and with the recent Emmy nominations, the show is gaining momentum and people are taking notice,” said Kathy Kanipe, OCUF board chair. A recent survey of Ohio’s PBS stations revealed better time slots for the program and growing viewership. WNEO/WEAO, which includes the Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and parts of the Cleveland markets, saw Biz Kid$ viewership increase 175% in its new time slot and more than 11,000 homes tune in regularly. PBS stations in Toledo (WGTE) and Cleveland (WVIZ) recently received grants from Outreach Extensions to promote Biz Kid$ to area educators. Biz Kid$ curricula are also on the Ohio league’s financial education resource www.MoneyAndStuff.info. Episode-specific supplemental curricula, created by Outreach Extensions, are available on the website for seasons one and two. The materials were created using national financial literacy standards. The curricula amounts to 78 hours of instruction for students in grades four through eight. Outreach Extensions is responsible for the curricula paired with the Emmy-winning television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
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