Topic: Educational Initiatives
Shining light on the significant role of teachers in children’s lives, KFOR-AM in Lincoln, Neb., has been the organizer of "Teacher Recognition Day" each March for the past 26 years. Students are encouraged to nominate teachers who have greatly influenced their lives through live and recorded announcements, which start playing four weeks before "Teacher Recognition Day." The winning teachers and those who nominated them are invited to a celebratory breakfast emceed by KFOR’s Mark Taylor at the Governor’s Mansion. The station airs live call-ins from the breakfast, where each child speaks about his or her teacher. A year-round supporter of education, the station also airs a weekly segment featuring a representative of the Lincoln Public Schools about its "Fund-a-Need" program, where donations from community members are used to make great classroom ideas a reality. "KFOR has simply been invaluable in letting us get word out about our ‘Fund-a-Need’ program," said Lorie Safford from the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. "This school year we have broken all records in the number of teacher proposals we have been able to provide resources for in large part due to KFOR." KFOR was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Radio Award in 2008.