Gonzales twins help LPB win impact award

Staff reports
Trevon and D’aveon Mills of Gonzales got a chance to meet Elmo at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting My Source Community Impact Awards in Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 7.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting received a My Source Community Impact Award for Education from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) March 7 in Washington, DC. 

The My Source Community Impact Awards for Education were created by CPB to give well-deserved recognition to public television stations for their commitment to providing educational services to learners of all ages and abilities, all races and backgrounds, from preschoolers to senior citizens, as well as for the services the stations provide to teachers, parents and caregivers.

LPB won the award for a testimonial by Dufrocq Elementary teacher Noi Mills of Gonzales about the LPB Super WHY! Camp held this summer at Dufrocq.  Mills twin sons, Trevon and D’aveon, have symptoms of autism and she was amazed by the progress they made during the week long camp co-sponsored by Big Buddies.

“I almost cried when I saw the remarkable improvement they were making during and after the Super Why! Camp,” Mills said in the testimonial. “I saw the excitement in their eyes because they could understand things and now they can read. They were able to grasp concepts that we had been working on a long time.”

The Super WHY! Camp is part of LPB’s three-year partnership with CPB to improve the reading and vocabulary skills of preschoolers called Raising Readers that launched in 2008.

“Education is a core value of public service media, on air, online and in the community,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB.  “CPB congratulates LPB for this important commitment to community and our country through education.”

The award was presented to LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney by CPB’s senior vice president of Education and Children’s Content, Dr. Susan Zelman, at the Council of Chief State School Officers/Public Broadcasting Executive Summit in Washington, DC.

The testimonial was produced by LPB Promotions Manager Bob Neese and Promotions Producer Bryant Langlois. It was shot by Rex. Q. Fortenberry and Keith Crews.

Shown during the presentation are, from left, Corporation for Public Broadcasting President/CEO Patricia Harrison, Dufrocq Elementary teacher (and Gonzales resident) Noi Mills, Trevon and D’aveon Mills, LPB President Beth Courtney and CPB Senior Vice-president of Education and Children’s Content Dr. Susan Zelman.