Stations of Imagination - A WCTE Tradition Going Strong

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Lidia Bastianich is a renowned chef and host of the popular PBS program “Lidia’s Italy.” She was the topic of conversation on the WCTE Get Ready To Learn radio show when host Cindy Putman was joined by WCTE President & CEO Becky Magura.

Becky was fortunate to meet Lidia at a PBS event and even had a photo taken with her. Lidia is a staunch believer in the importance of family traditions, which you can read more about in this great article from PBS Parents.

Just what is the importance of carrying on these types of family traditions today? Traditions are our roots, and a profile of who we are as individuals. Plus, they are strongly tied to who we are as a family. They give us stability and a sense of belonging. They ground us in the midst of an ever changing world.

As a station, WCTE is a family of people working together towards a common goal. One of our important family traditions is Stations of Imagination, which was held September 9th & 10th around the main square in Downtown Cookeville, Tennessee.

Besides our wonderful staff and volunteers, there were many important people who helped make the event possible. We’d like to take this time to mention them again, and say another HUGE THANK YOU!

Stage Sponsor - Heavenly Host Lutheran Church & School 

Character Sponsor - Johnston Family

Character Sponsor - Cumberland Auto

FUNDING for SOI - Cookeville Arts Council

Silent Disco Sponsor - Lenny & Eva

Movie Sponsor - Cumberland Caverns

Booth Sponsors - 

  • UC Reconnect
  • The Retreat at Center Hill Lake 
  • Cookeville Christian Academy 
  • The River Community Church 
  • Amazin' Acres of Fun 
  • Kohl's 
  • Northside Community Center
  • Cedar Lake Camp

T-Shirt Sponsors - 

  • The VanStratum Family
  • London Bridge
  • Isha

Stations of Imagination began with the Johnston family as a way to honor their son Sawyer. This is a great way to start your own tradition or honor one that is special to your family. If you have a friend or family member you’d like to honor in a similar way, please contact Becky Magura or Avery Hutchins as the Johnston family did.

Lidia Bastianich believes that traditions change and modify with each generation. With new members joining the family, their customs and traditions have to be respected and combined with the existing traditions. And the children who come along after that become part of the new evolving traditions.

WCTE has a long tradition of education in the Upper Cumberland. Even though the projects and initiatives we have taken on have evolved, our commitment to education has never changed. As a PBS member station, WCTE is on the cutting edge of knowledge about what works for kids online and on air. With initiatives such as our partnership with the TTU STEM center and the mobile lab, as well as our Ready To Learn project, we are able to put the necessary tools into the hands of students and families in the Upper Cumberland. And that is a tradition we want to see continue for many years to come!

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Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.