Saturday, March 10, 2012


Nick News With Linda Ellerbee Answers This Question in a New Special Premiering
Sunday, March 18, at 9PM (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon

NEW YORK, March 9, 2012 – What if you found out you couldn’t play football anymore because your school didn’t have the money to pay for uniforms and equipment? What if your library didn’t have the money to buy books? What if a lack of funding silenced your school’s orchestra? What if you had to take a bus to school and there were no buses?

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee answers those questions and others on the new half-hour special, “If A School Is Broken, Can Kids Fix It?” premiering Sunday, March 18, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.  In the special you’ll see kids proving that you’re never too young to make a difference, especially when it comes to something as important as getting a good education.  It’s happened all over the country. Schools are running out of money, and important pieces of education have been cut.

“I always thought that every school would have sports,” says Julia from Massachusetts.

“There’s no librarian, there’s no metal shop, there’s no wood shop, there’s barely a music program,” says Cody from Garberville, California. “You can’t cut any more money from us.  Otherwise, there won’t be a school!”

“Schools should be a right for kids,” says Fawna from Ettersburg, California.  “And I feel like my right is being taken away.”

That’s not where the story ends, though.
“Kids who are willing to fight to get a well-balanced education are taking back their schools,” says Ellerbee.  “And teaching us something in the process.”

What did the kids in Hull, Massachusetts do when their school lost its sports funding?  How did some kids in Dallas bring their library back to life?  How did some Chicago kids react when money troubles threatened to take away their orchestra?  And what happened when California politicians told some rural kids they could no longer ride school buses?

The answers might surprise you.  And the kids will inspire you. 

Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 21st year and is the longest-running kids’ news show in television history.  It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day.  Over the years,Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its ninth Emmy Award for Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics in the category of Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children’s programming include: The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005);Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War — the first-ever kids’ television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents’ Choice Awards.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, “If A School Is Broken, Can Kids Fix It?” premiering Sunday, March 18, at 9pm ET/PT on Nickelodeon
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