or


[09/17/06 - 12:00 AM]
More Than 10,000 Schools, Joined by Top U.S. Mayors, Rally to Celebrate National Recess Week

[via press release from Cartoon Network]

More than 10,000 Schools, Joined by Top U.S. Mayors, Rally to Celebrate National Recess Week

�Rescuing Recess� Campaign Champions the Importance of Daily Recess for Kids and Calls for Adult Volunteers to Help Make Recess a Priority

ATLANTA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 - Enlisting widespread public support for the many benefits kids receive from daily recess, Cartoon Network, together with 13 leading child advocacy groups including the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Education Association (NEA) today launched the inaugural �National Recess Week� (Sept. 18-22) with a recess rally at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in Atlanta. Launched in March as part of Cartoon Network�s GET ANIMATED healthy lifestyles program, Rescuing Recess champions the benefits and importance of daily recess for kids and works to protect and revitalize it in schools across the country.

The goal of National Recess Week is to kick off the school year with fun, interactive events across the country that inspire parents and community members to become recess monitors for their local schools. More than 4,600 cities will be having recess rallies, made possible by parents, educators and community members who signed up to become volunteer recess monitors at local elementary schools through www.RescuingRecess.com. Within 26 days of online enrollment, more than 10,000 free Rescuing Recess kits were distributed across all 50 states with information about starting a local volunteer recess monitor program. The kits contained a variety of activity ideas, games and playground equipment such as red rubber balls, sidewalk chalk, whistles and jump ropes, plus instructions and suggestions on how to hold a recess rally.

As part of the �National Recess Week� festivities, twelve mayors in key markets such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Baltimore and Minneapolis have each issued proclamations in support of Rescuing Recess and the week-long commemoration.

�The Rescuing Recess campaign celebrates recess as the fourth �R� among school fundamentals: reading, writing, arithmetic and, as we now see it, recess. Each of these elements is essential to a child�s overall education and every child deserves to have the benefits of all four within his school day,� said Jim Samples, executive vice president and general manager of Cartoon Network. �After addressing two critical recess issues earlier this spring�state policies and grant funding for equipment�Rescuing Recess, through these �National Recess Week� rallies, will now focus on recruiting parents and community members to serve as volunteer recess monitors, which help ensure that children have unstructured playtime throughout their day.�

The week-long recess celebrations continue with other activities that spotlight volunteerism in schools, including a Hands On Network event in Philadelphia, where volunteers will work throughout the day to renovate an elementary school playground. In addition, at its home base in Atlanta, Cartoon Network employees will put the Rescuing Recess cause into action by donating their lunch hour on Friday, Sept. 22, to be volunteer recess monitors at several local Atlanta public schools.

�Our goal in this second phase of the program was to create a week of special events that would really inspire interested adults to offer even just one hour per month as a volunteer recess monitor. If you think about it, that�s just one lunch-hour per month where you can give something back to kids and their schools. And it�s actually lots of fun for everyone involved!� says Samples.

Cartoon Network animators have also contributed to the campaign by creating an all-new episode of the original animated series Codename: Kids Next Door, appropriately entitled �Operation R.E.C.E.S.S.� The episode will be available for free online viewing on CartoonNetwork.com starting Tuesday, Sept. 19, and it will air on the network on Friday night, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.�a culmination to the week�s celebrations.

BACKGROUND ON RESCUING RECESS CAMPAIGN

Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child�s social, emotional and educational development. Yet in some schools around the country, children are not getting the chance to enjoy free time for energy rejuvenation, a needed break from intense studies and an opportunity simply to play with their friends. The goal of Rescuing Recess, part of Cartoon Network�s GET ANIMATED program, is to recognize unstructured break time as an essential element of the school day and to connect educators, parents and kids as advocates to either keep and enhance existing recess or bring it back as part of the daily school curriculum.

To date, Cartoon Network has pledged more than $3.3 million to help save recess through Rescuing Recess, which includes the initial letter-writing campaign this spring�which inspired more than 100,000 hand-written letters from kids to their state education policy makers�plus resources for recruiting volunteer recess monitors; recess kits that will be distributed to elementary schools around the country; research; and on-air public service announcements.

At its official launch in Washington, D.C. in March, Rescuing Recess encouraged kids to log-on to www.RescuingRecess.com to learn ways to make recess even more fun and healthy, and presented the letter-writing campaign as an opportunity to share their views with their local board of education while also helping to raise money for their schools.

On June 26, Cartoon Network traveled to Phoenix, AZ for the PTA National Convention to award $310,000 in grants to participating local PTA units in 49 States, the Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe. The grants were awarded to winning PTA chapters for the largest number of letters received per state.





  [september 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)











[10/25/14 - 09:00 AM]
"The Blacklist" Grows by a Season-High 65% in 18-49 Going from Live + Same Day to Live +3
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, October 20.

[10/25/14 - 08:59 AM]
Season Debut of "Grimm" Delivers the Show's Top Rating Since March 21
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 24.

[10/25/14 - 08:38 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Once Again Pushes FOX in Front
Said coverage bumps ABC and CBS to second place in adults 18-49 and total viewers, respectively.

[10/25/14 - 08:28 AM]
ABC Beats NBC's Friday Debuts - "Shark Tank" and "20/20" Rank as Top 2 Series in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 24.

[10/24/14 - 08:36 PM]
Video: "Empire" - The Sexy, New Powerful Drama Coming to FOX in January 2015
Watch the new promo that just debuted following tonight's World Series coverage on the network.

[10/24/14 - 08:02 PM]
ABC Cancels "Manhattan Love Story"
The previously announced special "The Great Christmas Light Fight" will fill its time period this coming Tuesday while a full hour of "Selfie" has been booked for November 4.

[10/24/14 - 12:08 PM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Paul Giamatti and Golden Globe(R) Winner Damian Lewis Cast as Leads in the Showtime(R) Drama Project "Billions"
Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015.

[10/24/14 - 11:22 AM]
ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" Social Platforms to Give Fans a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Janel Parrish's "Pretty Little Liars"-Themed Dance
The ABC Family social media team has partnered with "Dancing with the Stars" to give "PLL" fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Janel and her professional partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, as they get ready for their big performance.

[10/24/14 - 11:14 AM]
TV Land Presents: A Frightfully Funny "Roseanne" Halloween Marathon Event
TV Land will honor these notorious tricksters with a full-day marathon event that highlights "Roseanne's" Halloween episodes, leaving viewers cackling on Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM ET/PT!

[10/24/14 - 11:02 AM]
"Once Upon A Time" to Air Special Two-Hour Event "Smash the Mirror" on Sunday, November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00/7:00c on said night.

[10/24/14 - 11:00 AM]
"Marvel's Agent Carter" Rounds Out Cast with Lyndsy Fonseca
She'll play an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York, who will befriend Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world.

[10/24/14 - 10:52 AM]
NBC Expands "The Voice" Live Playoffs with Extra Hour, Night
The Peacock will pre-empt "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" on Tuesday, November 11 as well as "The Mysteries of Laura" on Wednesday, November 12 to make room for the expanded "Voice" editions.

[10/24/14 - 09:46 AM]
Four-Time Emmy Winner Jim Parsons to Star in NBC's Animated Holiday Event "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas"
The one-hour special premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00/7:00c on the network.

[10/24/14 - 09:35 AM]
Terrifying Monsters Run Amok During Animal Planet's Inauguaral "Beastly Nights" Programming Event
Just in time for Halloween, Animal Planet unleashes five nights of cryptic creatures, near-death tales and never-before-seen footage.

[10/24/14 - 09:16 AM]
CBS Stars Get Social with a Week-Long #CBSInstagramTakeover Oct. 27 - Nov. 2!
In addition to Instagram, fans can follow along on the series' Facebook pages and CBS.com.