Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
So. Burlington, VT (January 18, 2008) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) and Starz Media, LLC have launched a new grant program - the Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards - sponsored by Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, a hit animated comedy television series for young children which airs on Nick Jr. and Noggin in the U.S. The Awards will distribute 75 grants of products from NGA's Gardening with Kids Store, valued at $1,000 each, to preschool organizations across the country.
Just renewed for a second season, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! revolves around Wubbzy - an adorable, bouncy character with an expressive tail and a quest for fun - and his friends Widget, Walden, and Daizy, who live in Wuzzleburg. Their many hilarious adventures entertain young children while reinforcing the importance of friendship. This theme dovetails perfectly with gardening, which engages kids in experiences that reinforce the value of cooperation and teamwork.
This theory sounds great to adults, but when you ask the kids themselves why they like to garden, you'll get the message that, "Gardening is fun!" It gets them outdoors, gives them an outlet for their energy, and lets them participate in creating something beautiful that they can feel proud of. Plus, they actually like to eat the vegetables they grow!
"A child's early years are a crucial time of development, and preschool education can significantly influence the rest of their lives," says NGA Education Specialist Sarah Pounders. "Gardening is a hands-on project that allows children to explore at their own pace and engage in age-appropriate experiential learning. We're very happy that Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! is sponsoring this award to give more children these valuable opportunities."
"The Wuzzleburg Preschool Garden Awards are the ideal next step in our strategic partnership with the National Gardening Association, particularly since the little yellow star of the show is discovering the fun of going green in the second season that debuts later this year," says Amorette Jones, EVP Worldwide Marketing for Starz Media.
The grants are open to organizations offering structured programs in settings such as preschools, day care centers, and Head Start programs. To qualify, an organization must plan to garden with a group of at least 10 children aged 3 to 5 during 2008. Award packages will include garden tools and garden- and nature-oriented teaching materials, plus a Wubbzy gardening activity guide for teachers. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008, and awards will be shipped no later than April 15. For full details and to download an application, please visit http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants.asp
About Starz Media, LLC
Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming - including theatrical films - and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the U.S. and internationally. Starz Media is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is indirectly attributed to Liberty Capital Group. www.starzmedia.com
About Bolder Media
Bolder Media for Boys and Girls is a joint venture formed by veteran producers Susan Miller and Fred Seibert for the development of books, television series, and movies for young boys and girls. Bob Boyle is the creator and executive producer of the series. Susan Miller of Bolder Media and Mixed Media Group and Fred Seibert of Bolder Media and Frederator Studios, are also executive producers on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy.
About the National Gardening Association
Founded in 1973, NGA is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning Web sites and newsletters, grants and curricula for youth gardens, and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners and teachers with information and resources. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit www.kidsgardening.org.