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Channel 74 Brings Educational Programming to Kids With the Help of a Few Familiar Faces

fancy nancyOWENSBORO, Ky. (8/6/13) -- Channel 74 has been a staple of educational use for the Daviess County Public School district for some time, and some newer programs have targeted young children in an attempt to get them excited about reading.
 
Fancy Nancy is based on the children’s books of the same name. Fancy Nancy is a very intelligent character who loves to read, says Debbie Crowe, who plays Fancy Nancy on Channel 74.
 
On the program, the character always tends to have a problem with something in her life that is relevant to the young viewers’ lives like cheating or bullying. Fancy Nancy then solves the problem with the help of her teachers or neighbors.
 
“It’s very relevant to the kids, but they can laugh because it’s so dramatic,” Crowe said.
 
Crowe, as Fancy Nancy, corresponds with the kids via letters and said “it’s fun” to connect with the kids. Fancy Nancy also visits classrooms in the local elementary schools to kick off a unit of learning.
 
“I love going to classes to make it real and hopefully sparks interest in reading,” Crowe said.
 
Linda Salyer, Cable 74 Director, said she saw the kids' interest most in a reading fair at Deerpark Elementary last year, where kids were awarded ribbons for reading by Fancy Nancy.
 
“The kids were really pumped!” Salyer said.
 
Other Channel 74 programs are gaining interest with young viewers like Manners Matters and Captain Jack’s Book Club.
 
Captain Jack’s Book Club is similar to Fancy Nancy but is more geared toward a male audience. Captain Jack is played by a high school student, giving them a chance to interact with kids as well, Salyer said.
 
Manners Matters is hosted by Owensboro local, Valarie Roberts. The program premieres in two parts, with the first part being a lesson on manners and the second part being an activity the kids can do at home.
 
“Valarie is great, we are very grateful to have her,” Salyer said.
 
Tune in to Cable 74 TV for these programs and for more information, visit: http://www.ch74.dcps.org/.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

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