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Welcome to AETN Engage

Posted on 03 Jun 2009

Hello all... and welcome to AETN Engage, a spot on the web that we hope will help us get better connected with the amazingly diverse communities and AETN fans across Arkansas. We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about AETN's programs, services and special events but more importantly, that you'll share with us your ideas, comments, concerns and questions about anything we're doing here at your public television network. 

I'm Dan Koops, an outreach producer and 22-year veteran here at AETN, a job that is always challenging and at times extremely rewarding. And although we all wear lots of hats here, one of my main responsibilities is to develop and work with community partners and AETN/PBS content producers to extend the reach and scope of the our broadcast offerings well past the air dates. This is done in a variety of ways; including workshops, town hall meetings, leadership summits, exhibits, program screenings and a variety of "new media" techniques like this AETN Engage web site. Working with willing community partners never fails to be the best way to reach out and engage so many of Arkansas's communities. 

We invite you to visit this site often. Parents and kids will learn more about all the "goings on" on PBS Kids. History, nature and science buffs already know public television is their best source for cutting edge documentaries. Our arts and culture programming and special events are excellent. There's always something new relating to health care, education and public affairs on our programming schedule and special outreach events. 

Most of all, please know how important it is to us that you feel free to contribute your comments and content as often as possible. We can't do it all alone, and your input will undoubtedly make these efforts more rich, exciting and complete.

AETN ENGAGE BLOG

“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.” 

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“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.” 

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Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.

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Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!

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PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!

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