August 3, 2010

KGW NewsChannel 8 Kicks Off KGW School Supply Drive

Belo station's third annual campaign targets need for school success

PORTLAND, OR - KGW NewsChannel 8 in partnership with OnPoint Community Credit Union, University of Phoenix, and the local Toyota dealers today kicked off the 3rd annual KGW School Supply Drive with the purpose of sending 5,000 local area children back to school with the basic school supplies that they couldn't otherwise afford. In Oregon, almost half of all children live in low-income families and cannot afford even the most basic school supplies.

"More than ever, a good education is the stepping stone to success. Yet for many children, a lack of basic school supplies stands between them and success. It takes so little to make a meaningful difference in these children's lives," said DJ Wilson, President and General Manager of KGW NewsChannel 8. "We appreciate the participation of our business partners who recognize the importance of this issue."

Through Labor Day, the drive encourages viewers to make cash and loose supply donations of any amount or to simply purchase a $25 Virtual Pack, which will supply one student with the basic supplies needed for an entire year. All donations will benefit local area schools and will be distributed with the help of Schoolhouse Supplies, the non-profit Free Store for Teachers.

"We are excited to support the KGW School Supply Drive again this year. As a credit union founded by schoolteachers, we know how important it is to ensure that our local kids have the tools they need to thrive in the classroom," said Rob Stuart, President/CEO of OnPoint Community Credit Union.

"The University of Phoenix Oregon Campus is excited to partner with KGW once again for the annual KGW School Supply Drive. In challenging economic times this effort is more important than ever, and we are committed to helping provide children in our community with the tools and resources needed to succeed in the classroom." - Flint Holland, Campus Director.

"The local Toyota dealers are excited to be partnering with KGW and the School Supply Drive. Education is extremely important and we want local students feel confident in the classroom by helping to provide the school supplies necessary for them to succeed. All 11 participating local Toyota dealerships will serve as collection sites for loose school supplies now through Labor Day. Knowing the economic challenges being faced and the increased need for classroom supplies, we encourage those members of the community who can contribute to do so."

"Schoolhouse Supplies is delighted to participate in this year's KGW School Supply Drive, designed to raise awareness of the need for more school supplies and offer the community an easy way to make a tangible difference in the lives of thousands of local children," said Gayle Kellman, Executive Director of the award-winning non-profit which supports public education by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.

About OnPoint:
OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 208,000 members and with assets of $2.9 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union's field of membership includes everyone who lives or works in 11 designated Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and in Clark and Skamania counties in Washington.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2010, 458,600 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu

About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and the Portland Metro Toyota Dealers Association (PMTDA)Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,450 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers. Toyota directly employs more than 35,000 people in the United States. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com, www.lexus.com, www.scion.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.

The Portland Metro Toyota Dealer Association (PMTDA) helps market and promote Toyota Motor Sales vehicles and community support efforts on a regional basis. The group consists of eleven (11) Toyota dealerships that span from Kelso/Longview Washington to Salem, Oregon. With the assistance of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the Portland Regional office and the local Toyota dealerships, Toyota supports more than 2,000 employees. Toyota's vehicle distribution center in Portland is LEED Gold certified and is the first industry site in the US to earn "Salmon-Safe" certification. For more information about Toyota vehicles and your local Toyota dealerships visit: Toyota.com or Buyatoyota.com

About Schoolhouse Supplies:
Schoohouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies. The mission, "to serve classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community," is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education. Founded by Portland School parent Katie Gold, Schoolhouse Supplies has grown from serving 11 schools to all 130 Portland Public Schools. In this time the non-profit has distributed an estimated retail value of more than $11.5 million dollars in school supplies.

About Belo Corp.
KGW is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly- attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Brenda Buratti, Director of Programming and Creative Services, KGW, at 503-226-5130

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