January 11, 2006
WFAA-TV Hosts Next Family First "Day in the Community"
Dallas, TX -- WFAA's award-winning community outreach effort, Family First (F1) takes its "Day in the Community," to Grand Prairie, Thursday, January 26. The day's activities include several FREE events kicking off with a morning Pep Rally and culminating with a career-focused evening featuring a job fair, town hall meeting and several workshops specifically designed to enhance career and business opportunities. Several News 8 on-air personalities will be on hand throughout the day.
The Family First team worked closely with local city and school officials, the Grand Prairie Chamber and several North Texas businesses to plan the various activities. While most of the events are free, the "Day in the Community" will also include a Community Luncheon hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber, featuring News 8 Anchor Macie Jepson as guest speaker. Tickets for the luncheon are only $17 and can be purchased through the Chamber (more info follows).
Following is a schedule of the day's events:
9-10 a.m. Pep Rally - Cheerleaders, choirs, bands, orchestras and News 8 Anchor/Reporter Debbie
Denmon at Reagan Middle School, 4616 E. Bardin Rd. in Grand Prairie. Free and open to the public.
11:30-1 p.m. Community Luncheon - live entertainment, special visual arts exhibit, and MLK art contest winners. Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce hosts the luncheon at the Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. Guest speaker: News 8 Anchor Macie Jepson . For tickets call (972) 264-1558, $17.
1:30-2:15 p.m. Charles V England Public Safety Regional Training Center Tour - Laser Gun Range, real-time interactive driving simulator, police and fire training presenters with News 8 Reporter Dan Ronan, 310 W. College Street in Grand Prairie. Free and open to the public.
3 p.m. New Bowles Life Center Preview - Garcia Elementary students get first hands-on look at new recreation and life center facility, News 8 Tarrant County Reporter Jim Douglas joins students and neighbors to participate in special signing activity and more, 2750 Graham Street in Grand Prairie. Open to students, staff and neighbors only.
5-6:30 p.m. Community Festival and Expo - Enjoy a variety of community entertainment groups, school performance ensembles, plus interactive city, community and social service booths, Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place Parkway in Grand Prairie. Free and open to the public.
5-8 p.m. F1 Job Fair - Bringing companies and potential employees together, plus career and personal development resources, Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway in Grand Prairie. Free and open to the public.
7 p.m. F1 Town Meeting with News 8 Anchor Jeff Brady - Career and planning experts share latest tips about repackaging and selling your skills and experiences, balancing finances and career changing strategies, Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway in Grand Prairie. Free and open to the public.
7:30-8:30 p.m. Career and Business Workshops - Industry and trend experts, discuss interviewing techniques, job retraining, entrepreneurship, second income ideas and how to follow up after submitting resumes via the internet, Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway in Grand Prairie. Free and open to the public.
The F1 town meeting in Grand Prairie, as well as portions of the scheduled "Day in the Community," is free and open to the public. WFAA news cameras will be on hand to tape portions of the meeting. F1 is a nationally recognized, award-winning community outreach program created by WFAA. Sponsors are Medical City, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages and Sylvan Learning Center. More information is available on the station's website at www.wfaa.com/familyfirst .
About WFAA -TV
WFAA-TV is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.