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WCTE's Day of Support - August 21st, 2020

We Need Your Help...

This year PBS celebrates its 50th Anniversary and WCTE will turn 42! On August 21st, WCTE will celebrate our 42nd anniversary with a special Day of Support. If WCTE-PBS has had an impact on your life or the life of a loved one, we’d love to hear it! Let us know what you love about educational, enriching, and inspiring programming by donating here and telling us your favorite PBS program, memory, or what/who your gift is in honor of. Donate now for the chance to have your gift acknowledged on-air on August 21st! Thank you for supporting and loving WCTE-PBS.

Make a gift on behalf of your favorite PBS show or series and we will recognize your gift on-air!

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The Need: Educating At-Risk Children

Rural Upper Cumberland communities face a large number of at-risk children affected by poverty than more urban communities in Tennessee, resulting in a higher number of high school dropouts, incarcerations, opioid addictions, homelessness and generational poverty. Many children in the Upper Cumberland are isolated, have limited resources, and lack education.

Over time, generational poverty creates disheartening challenges. It limits the quality of the workforce, decreases job diversity, lowers income levels, and increases the number of children living in poverty.

Currently, 18.9% of adults in the Upper Cumberland don’t have a high school diploma and 14.7% are living in poverty. In Putnam County alone, 40% of students start school below the skill level needed for kindergarten readiness and 58% of them are economically disadvantaged.

Statements from WCTE's Supporters

Mayor Ricky and Shannon Shelton

"We are so thankful for the great community partnership with WCTE. From the vital information shared during the devastating tornado, to the daily coronavirus community briefings, and then the awesome coverage of our great community Red White & BOOM Fourth of July celebration, WCTE always puts the community first."


Dr. Jennifer Shank

"WCTE is a crown Jewel in the Upper Cumberland. As an educator and a mom I am thrilled with what WCTE provides for PreK-3rd graders in foundational learning. As a community member I LOVE the culture, and Life long learning WCTE brings to me, my family and the area."

Donna & Pat Quillen

"The Quillens have been friends and fans of WCTE since 1995 when we returned to Cookeville. Through the years we have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Becky and her talented team as well as the creative, informative and entertainment content they have been able to provide to the Upper Cumberland viewing community. In February we were treated to a fun-filled evening with the WCTE Food Tour, and although the weather gods were not kind to us, it didn’t dampen the spirits as we enjoyed delicious food tastings around town with a group of old and new friends. During the past few months we have stayed close to home base and found ourselves with even more opportunity to enjoy some old favorites as well as new programming discoveries, especially our Passport subscription. We are very proud and appreciative of WCTE’s dedication and focus on education and will continue to direct our gifts to the Education Endowment fund. We wish the brightest of futures to you, WCTE, for being such a vibrant and integral part of this region."


Ray Stevens

"I wholeheartedly support Public Broadcasting! Where else can you get such an interesting variety of Information and Entertainment"


Hal Harder

"The incredible staff of WCTE are few but mighty, and the outstanding PBS programming from their 4 channels barely scratches the surface of what they do. From education to events to business and regional promotion, they make a huge impact on the quality of life in Middle Tennessee. You can be proud of YOUR dynamic little station. Support it if you can."


Hayden White

"As a lifelong viewer, I support WCTE for their premium content, dedication to excellence and unparalleled outreach to the communities of the central Tennessee region."

Amy New

"You will find no greater community partner and asset than WCTE. From the advertising driving tourism to our area to the Tennessee Reconnect Grant, which assists adults seeking advancement in education, WCTE is involved.They play a pivotal role in our community that is unmatched by any other public television avenue. The support of WCTE is crucial and necessary for all those who wish to see the Upper Cumberland and it’s children thrive."


Tim & Sue Tewalt

"My wife Sue and I were first introduced to WCTE in 2013 when we volunteered to answer phones for the Great TV Auction. It was our first introduction to PBS broadcasting up close and in person and let’s just say we were hooked. The station does such an amazing job supporting Cookeville and the surrounding county. Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of taking part in a number of WCTE sponsored event. Mentioning just a few would be the sumptuous Culinary Crawl, attending a meet and greet with Dayton Duncan (the writer of Ken Burn’s Country Music documentary), and attending the premier broadcast of the Downton Abbey movie before its general release. What a jewel Cookeville has in WCTE!"


Sam Gray

"WCTE is a PBS station that cares about its community and are deeply rooted in our everyday society. I give to WCTE because I know that any amount of giving will greatly impact and help sustain WCTE's mission."

Rural Upper Cumberland communities face a large number of at-risk children affected by poverty, resulting in high school dropouts, incarcerations, opioid addictions, and generational poverty. Many children in the Upper Cumberland are isolated, have limited resources and lack education opportunities. Over time, generational poverty creates disheartening challenges. It limits the quality of the workforce, decreases job diversity, lowers income levels, and increases the number of children living in poverty.

WCTE has served as an education partner in the Upper Cumberland for more than 40 years, providing the region with award-winning productions and educational outreach. In 2018, WCTE convened a Community Collaborative for Early Learning Media to increase the reach and effectiveness of the outreach program. In the 2018-2019 school year, exactly 2,228 educators, 2,564 families and 18,019 children benefited from hands-on experiences via the Ready To Learn PBS KIDS curriculum. These free WCTE events gave educators, families and children the opportunity to learn about STEM, early literacy strategies and the PBS KIDS apps and games.

WCTE is making a difference in the Upper Cumberland for educators, families and kids who need it the most. As a non-profit, funding for educational outreach is a challenge. All of the free resources for participants are NOT free for WCTE. In the past, we've diligently written grants to keep the mission going. That can be tenuous and limited source of funding at best. Diversified funding is crucial to ensure the future of our education outreach initiatives. Your help will go towards providing permanent funding to ensure that all people have access to quality educational tools and programming, hands-on learning experiences, and community and engagement initiatives.