Saturday, September 6, 2003

Director's Message

As we move into the first full month of the 2003-2004 school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the exciting things PeachStar has in store for you and your students.

As you learned from the article on the inside front cover, September is Literacy Month in the state of Georgia and Georgia Public Broadcasting is joining forces with the Governor's Office and other key state agencies to drive change in the current literacy levels within the state. Both GPTV and PeachStar will air public service announcements about child literacy featuring First Lady Mary Perdue and her twin granddaughters, Sunni and Mary Kate. These messages will be geared toward both students and teachers, stressing the importance of reading to child development. Also as part of this literacy effort, GPB and Mrs. Perdue will present the First Lady's Summit on Our Children, a teleconference broadcast to select sites around the state that will help to build support for children who suffer from abuse and neglect.

This fall also marks the second year of PeachStar Classroom, the online physics and chemistry courses we offer to Georgia high school students at no cost. In order to expand the use of this wonderful resource, we are offering interested schools CD-ROMS with sample lessons and materials.

We have launched not only our new programming schedule, which you read about on page 3, but also our new Follett Library system, which allows media specialists to download MARC records that contain key information for each of PeachStar's programs.

PeachStar and Georgia Public Broadcasting will continue to develop new and effective initiatives throughout the coming school year.


C. Blaine Carpenter, Ph.D.
Director, Education Services