NET and NElovesPS participating in ‘American Graduate Day’ on Sept. 28

News Release Date: 
September 18, 2013

For Immediate Release

NET and NElovesPS participating in ‘American Graduate Day’ on Sept. 28

LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 18, 2013) -- NET and Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS) will participate in American Graduate Day 2013 with broadcasts on NET2 World from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept. 28.

American Graduate Day is a multi-platform event featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on improving the high school graduation rates in America. Now in its second year, the initiative involves public media entities in 33 states, including Nebraska.

This year’s programming will include local content produced by NElovesPS, a campaign funded by The Sherwood Foundation designed to instill pride in the state’s schools. NElovesPS has provided seven videos to air on NET2 World during American Graduate Day.

NElovesPS has partnered with NET on the  “State of Education in Nebraska” television series, which premieres on NET2 World at 8 p.m. CT on the third Thursday of each month and repeats on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons throughout the month.

Using the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion” for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.

The national programming is broadcast and streamed lived from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen,made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  

“We are excited to participate in American Graduate Day 2013 with NElovesPS and our fellow public media stations across the country,” said Gary Targoff, NET’s assistant general manager for education. “This multifaceted day of on-air and online programming is in line with NET’s commitment to education and engagement -- encouraging kids to stay on the path to graduation, and partnering with teachers, parents, and business and community leaders to make an difference in the lives of children in Nebraska."

A key component of the national event is the participation of the community-based organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Horizons National, and United Wayare among the partner organizations that havealready agreed to participate in American Graduate Day 2013, which will feature nearly 30 national partner organizations, 14 local organizations, and celebrity guests involved in education and youth intervention programs. 

American Graduate Day 2013employs the same television broadcast format as last fall with a seven-hour "call to action" marathon around critical themes, including Expanded Learning Time and After School Programs; Early Education; Mentoring; Career Readiness and College Completion; STEM Programs; Family Support; and Dropout Re-engagement and Prevention.

Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET, and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools.

On, the event will include live viewer-generated videocontent submitted in response to questions such as “How has your life changed, or been changed by the power of volunteering?”

Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with their local public television stations and the featured local community organizations. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitterusing the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook. Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion” can also call the Toll free number on the day of broadcast or log on to AmericanGraduate.orgto find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns.

Visit or theAmerican Graduate DayWeb site,, for more details.



Contacts: Gary Targoff, NET assistant general manager for education, 402 472-9333 ext. 268 or email at

Marthaellen Florence, NET director of community engagement and educational outreach, 402 472-9333 ext. 603 or email at

Denise Blaya Powell, communications director, NElovesPS, email at

Release written by:Kim Hachiya, NET communications specialist, 402 470-6694 or email at

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