FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Teachers across the U.S. seem to be warming up to the credit union-backed Biz Kid$ financial literacy show with more than 2,000 now signed up to obtain curriculum materials, the show's backers reported Tuesday.
"It's heartening to see that teachers think this show is so worthwhile and I'm told in San Diego an entire class of 30 sixth graders agreed to become Biz Kid$ entrepreneurs," said Jamie Hammond, the Seattle producer of the public broadcasting show who has been working with the Washington Credit Union League and the National Credit Union Foundation to promote syndication.
Hammond along with staffers from the league and NCUF will be manning a booth at next week's GAC conference in Washington. They will be accompanied by one of the show's youthful TV stars, Lauren Dupree, an incoming freshman at Howard University .So far 290 PBS stations or 86% of the total have already started broadcasting episodes or will do so during 2008, said Hammond. Fifteen-second taglines appear at the top and end of each show mentioning "brought to you by America's Credit Unions" along with regional CU ad pitches.