Mountain Lake PBS award winners pictured with NYSBA Awards special guest. From left: Paul Larson, Rachael Ray, Jane Owens, Stan Ransom
PLATTSBURGH – Mountain Lake PBS and Plattsburgh Public Library partnered to get children and their parents curious about science and the language of problem solving.
Through the collaboration, parents and their children learned about growing, tried their hands at science projects and took home free books.
“This outreach program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a perfect example of how local stations can work with the community to help educate tomorrow’s leaders,” said David Donovan, president of the New York State Broadcasters Association.
The New York State Broadcasters Association awarded Mountain Lake PBS for excellence in community engagement and for production, the latter for showcasing people in the region.
The Community Engagement Award recognized the collaboration between Mountain Lake PBS and Plattsburgh Public Library. The free initiative featured Mountain Lake PBS’s Sid the Science Kid and more than 100 parents and their children. They viewed an episode of the show and then participated in science and literacy-focused activities and projects.
Children left with their projects and books to practice their literacy skills.
The New York State Broadcasters Association launched the Community Engagement Award to recognize the relationship between local stations and organizations that work to improve their communities.
“Congratulations to Mountain Lake PBS and the Plattsburgh Public Library for serving the public’s interest and improving the lives of viewers in Plattsburgh,” Donovan said.
Mountain Lake PBS and Plattsburgh Public Library are committed to bringing quality educational programs and resources to the community, said Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS.
“Mountain Lake PBS and the Plattsburgh Public Library are honored to accept this award for our education outreach efforts,” she said.
Former Plattsburgh Public Library Director Stanley Ransom stressed the importance of such partnerships and projects.
“These projects do not go unnoticed in our community,” he said. “Parents tell us they are great for connecting TV with ‘real life’ learning.”
The New York State Broadcasters Association further awarded Art Express for being an“outstanding locally produced TV show.”
It is written, produced and edited by Paul Larson and features people in the Mountain Lake PBS region and highlights talented people of international significance.
“Awards such as this motivate our station to continue to provide high quality arts coverage,” said Paul Larson. “I'm very excited about the arts-related stories I'm currently producing, and I look forward to sharing them.”
"Our staff works diligently to create programs that highlight the best of our region while meeting our mission to inform, educate, involve and entertain, and we're proud to be recognized for doing it well," said Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.