WCTE Invites You to Make a Big Splash at The Gilley Pool - July 21st

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Join us on the WCTE Get Ready To Learn radio show as Ready To Learn Project Manager Cindy Putman talks with Jodi Pitts, Special Events coordinator for WCTE. They discuss the importance of community outreach and special events. Plus Jodi shares how her vision for outreach in surrounding counties helped her partner with Warren County's Parks and Recreation Department’s Gilley Pool for the upcoming event on July 21st!

Pitts shares more about this event, WCTE’s Splash and Bubbles Pool Party, which WCTE will host with our friends in Warren County. This is the third year that WCTE has hosted a kids event at Gilley Pool and every year it gets bigger and better. And best of all, it is FREE for kids 12 & and under with the donation of a gently used book.

Jodi and Cindy extend this invitation to your family:

You're invited to dive in with WCTE at our Splash and Bubbles Pool Party! Hosted by WCTE & McMinnville Parks & Rec

Where: The Gilley Pool, 500 Garfield St, McMinnville TN

When: Friday July 21st from 10am-2pm

Who: Families in the Upper Cumberland! Kids 12 & under get in free by bringing a book to donate to local children's organization

What: Swimming and splashing PLUS an art/mural making station & children's activities

PLUS FREE screening of Splash & Bubbles inside civic center AND FREE lunch provided at screener.

Kids can become certified "Reeftown Rangers" to receive official badge. Prizes including PBS playtime pad and other giveaways

The Gilley Pool, McMinnville's largest attraction opens Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend each year. This pool features a zero entry area with a ladder slide, spray cannons, water and spray features. Two separate water slides for children and adults. For the competitive swimmer, there are 25 yard and 50 meter lanes and a 13' diving area with 2 diving boards.

The Gilley Pool is Open Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

Daily Admission - $4.00 (Regardless of Age)

Individual Season Pass - $85.00

Family Season Pass - $225.00 (Immediate Family only. Children must be 18 yrs or younger)

Gilley Tokens - $4.00 Each (Make Great Gifts!)

The Gilley Pool accepts CASH only.

Putman and Pitts also share about the importance of using PBS Kids Materials to enhance the way kids learn. As the mother of two elementary school students Jodi shares how much she trusts PBS KIDS and is always happy to see her kids viewing their favorite shows. Super Why and Odd Squad are two of her children’s favorite PBS KIDS programs.

Check out this great PBS Parents resource for Summer Adventures.

Putman and Pitts also praised PBS KIDS and PBS Parents tips for summer learning fun, Check these out:

  • Share stories! Share a story with your child and ask him/her to share one with you you’ll build valuable literacy skills.
  • It all adds up! You can build math skills during everyday errands like counting apples at the grocery store.
  • Take advantage of the great outdoors. Have your child record observations and build science and language skills at the same time!
  • Build a collection. You can practice categorizing, sorting and counting the items and writing labels for a display or scrapbook.
  • Make something. Building anything, from a windsock to a play fort helps your child develop early engineering skills.
  • Use mealtime. Find letters and words on menus, compare prices, or think of words that rhyme with the items on the table.

Check out Splash and Bubbles on WCTE weekday mornings at 9:30 and 10:00


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.