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Queen of Hearts at Edgewood Primary School
WQED's Queen of Hearts makes a personal appearance in Kindergarten class.


PITTSBURGH – WQED’s Queen of Hearts – a costume character from WQED’s Stories Start Action program who brings stories to life – will appear at Edgewood Primary School on Maple Avenue in the Woodland Hills School District on Wednesday, April 8 from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm.

WQED’s Stories Start Action is a character education program based on the PBS series Clifford the Big Red Dog and reaches kindergarten classrooms with Clifford’s Ten Big Ideas for Children. Each month focuses on a different value education theme.

This month’s theme is “Be Truthful,” and the Queen of Hearts will share two books with students about what happens when we are not truthful. The workshop will highlight the use of puppets to enhance storytelling with the children directly participating in a “reader theater” style story of “The Three Little Pigs.” After story time, all students will make their own Clifford puppet and practice storytelling with a partner.

The Queen of Hearts spreads WQED’s enthusiasm about literacy throughout the region: at the PBS Kids Backyard play area at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills mall; at area schools during Right to Read Week; at local book stores; the Three Rivers Arts Festival; and the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theatre Festival.

The Queen of Hearts’ appearances in the Woodland Hills School District are made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (; and The WQED Education Department.


The Queen of Hearts appearance on April 8 is a photo opportunity. The Queen, teachers and children will be available for photos during the activity and interviews to dramatize the importance of in-school programs provided by WQED.

Please contact George Hazimanolis at 412-622-1366 or to schedule interviews and photographs.

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