‘Standing Up to Poverty’ examines how poverty affects children’s learning

News Release Date: 
May 2, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 2, 2013) -- In Nebraska, one in five children lives in poverty. Lack of basic resources like food, shelter or healthcare, and barriers to language or access to quality preschool can affect a child’s ability to learn. These problems, and some surprising solutions, are outlined in a new program “Standing Up to Poverty: A State of Education in Nebraska Special” broadcasting Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. CT on NET2World.

Through problem-solution based storytelling, the 30-minute program depicts the ways in which poverty affects education and what Nebraska’s public schools are doing to provide support. Viewers will gain a better understanding of how they, too, can help. 

“Standing Up to Poverty” is the first of four short documentaries produced by Nebraska Loves Public Schools, an initiative funded by the Sherwood Foundation with the goal of building pride in Nebraska’s public schools, to air as part of NET’s “State of Education in Nebraska” series. Other shows produced by NElovesPS will debut in July, September and November.

Sally Nellson Barrett, executive producer for NElovesPS, said her organization is thrilled to partner with NET. “Our goal is to share the good things happening at public schools across the state -- what’s working best-- and that goal perfectly dovetails with NET’s ‘State of Education in Nebraska’ series, making this the ideal partnership.”

Viewers are encouraged to visit NElovesPS’s MindMixer website (connect.nelovesps.org) to continue the dialogue online.

Marthaellen Florence, NET’s director of community engagement and educational outreach, said NElovesPS produces compelling stories that complement the State of Education efforts.

The State of Education in Nebraska is a two-year initiative led by NET and 18 partners. A statewide transmedia effort, State of Education in Nebraska examines issues and connects Nebraskans in efforts to ensure a well-educated and career-ready workforce.

“NET is committed to being a valued partner in supporting quality education for all Nebraskans,” said Gary Targoff, NET’s assistant general manager for education. “We are proud to play a role in  bringing issues of importance  to our audience to help raise awareness of the state of education in Nebraska.”

For more information, visit netnebraska.org/stateofed to view previous programs and find resources.

NET2 World is part of NET Television, a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET’s website (netNebraska.org/television).



CONTACT: Marthaellen Florence, NET director of community engagement and educational outreach, 402-470-6603 or  mflorence@netNebraska.org

RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Hachiya, 402-472-9333, ext. 694, or e-mail at khachiya@netNebraska.org

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Since its inception in 2011, the Nebraska Loves Public Schools campaign (NElovesPS) has traveled across the state to tell the story of successful public schools and educators. Funded by The Sherwood Foundation, its goal is simple: instill a sense of pride in Nebraska’s public schools to encourage investment from parents, businesses, lawmakers and the community as a whole. NElovesPS – a 2013 Webby Awards Official Honoree – features a series of mini-documentaries filmed at schools across the state. To learn more visit nelovesps.org, or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/nelovesps) or Twitter (@nelovesps).