Moharimet Students Tap into a New Hampshire Tradition

DURHAM, April 3, 2002) - Whether it's holding a bake sale to raise money for charity, raking leaves for an elderly neighbor, or helping to clean up a neighborhood park, "ZOOM Into Action" invites kids across New Hampshire to "turn off the TV and do it!" New Hampshire Public Television is a pilot station for the new season of ZOOM, producing local segments to air during the Friday broadcast of the award-winning PBS kids' show at 5 p.m. Local kids will also open and close each Friday ZOOM show. "This is a wonderful outreach program that directly affects communities," says Peter Frid, NHPTV General Manager. "It's public television at its best." Kids can find ideas on how to volunteer and resources to help them get started on the Web site: www.nhptv.org/zoom.On Friday, April 5 ZOOM will feature students from Moharimet School in Madbury, NH. Since the completion of its own "sugar shack," built through the cooperation of staff, students and community volunteers, Moharimet has held a pancake breakfast each year, using syrup produced from the school's own trees. Students and adults alike participate in everything from tapping the trees to ladling on the syrup at the popular community breakfast. The money raised goes to educate next year's students about this New Hampshire tradition. Steve Tullar's third grade class takes viewers through the maple sugaring process, from tree to pancake. For more information about the ZOOM Into Action project, contact Pat VanWagoner at NHPTV, (603) 868-4352 or pvanwagoner@nhptv.org. NHPTV's partners for the ZOOM Into Action campaign are City Year New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension 4-H Program, and PBS. ZOOM is produced by WGBH Boston. National funding for ZOOM is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.NHPTV airs programs that entertain, educate and enrich on analog channels 11 in Durham, 15 in Hanover, 18 in Pittsburg, 49 in Littleton, 52 in Keene and digital channel 57 in Durham.Beyond its award-winning local and national television programs, NHPTV provides instructional services for 220,000 students from kindergarten through high school; offers Ready To Learn programs for children, preschool to age 12; and provides professional development programs and advanced technology training for parents, educators and child-care providers in New Hampshire and neighboring states. For more information about NHPTV programs that entertain, educate and enrich, visit www.nhptv.org.

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