Ultimate TV Turnoff Challenge Program Outline

What:

  Ultimate TV-Challenge program includes turning off TV, videos and electronic games.
    Learning games are permitted as well as computer use for word processing, e-mail, and research. Instant messaging is not. Parents will help student resolve electronic/computer questions.
     

When:

Participate: Sunday night after supper, all day/night Monday through Thursday and Friday morning from October through June encompassing the school year after school's TV-Turnoff Week
  Breaks: Friday after school, Saturday, and Sunday until suppertime, all school vacations, holidays, snow days, when student is home sick and student's birthday
     

Levels:

  Three Levels of Participation from which Student selects one that best reflects their needs and goals.

 

Gold:

No TV, videos, electronic games (many say this is actually the easiest because participants just don’t go there Sunday night through Thursday)
  Silver: No TV, videos, electronic games on Sunday night and Friday morning, and only 30 minutes total per day of TV, videos or electronic games on Monday through Thursday
  Bronze: No TV, videos, electronic games on Sunday night and Friday morning, & only 60 minutes per day total of TV, videos or electronic games on Monday through Thursday
     

Why:

  Program fosters active engagement to become a better student and learner. Student will have time to play, think, create, exercise, read, draw, & talk with family and friends.
     

Character building aspects:

  Determination:  "I can do this."
  Commitment:  "I care about my learning and want to be a better student."
  Creativity:  "So now what shall I do?"
  Perseverance:   It lasts the entire school year.
  Cooperation:   Family members, friends and teachers support student.
  Honesty:  "Did I really achieve my goals?"
  Self-Esteem:   Pride and satisfaction from sticking to and achieving goals.
     

Rewards:

  Name displayed on library graph, extra library book each visit, trophy in June, incentives like bookmarks throughout the year, newspaper articles, and hopefully better grades and test scores.