Written by: Nick Roman
Date: November 24, 2015

Preschool students at Hubbard Mastery School in Columbus receive books through a partnership program with WOSU Public Media, PBS Kids and Overstock.com. Photo: Thomas Bradley.

Preschool students at Hubbard Mastery School in Columbus receive books through a partnership program with WOSU Public Media, PBS Kids and Overstock.com. Photo: Thomas Bradley.

Thanks to a donation from PBS KIDS® and Overstock.com, WOSU Public Media distributed 920 free books to the Columbus City School District, impacting more than 43 pre-kindergarten programs in local schools. The books helped to foster a love of reading and learning, and built kids’ excitement as they were returning to school this fall.

The donation was timely as Columbus City Schools began a new program this year called “Read 20”, which encourages parents to read 20 minutes a day with their children. The program also hopes to compel all students, from kindergarten through high school, to read 20 minutes a day to help achieve academic success at every age.

About WOSU Education
WOSU Education provides content and services to parents, caregivers and educators in support of our vision to ignite change in young people’s lives with experiences that enrich and media that encourage learning. Through Ready To Learn® workshops, access to online tools through pbskids.org and PBS Learning Media, support of the national American Graduate initiative, and local participation in SURGE Columbus, WOSU education strives to be a resource of learning to the communities we serve.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video.

About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc. is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, and jewelry. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions. Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014.