Saturday, April 17, 2004

Delhi kids promise to turn TV off for one week

By Nancy Young
Enquirer contributor

DELHI TOWNSHIP - TV ratings might be down in Delhi next week as students at C.O. Harrison Elementary School join the 10th national TV Turnoff Week.

The project is part of Real Vision, an initiative to raise awareness about television's impact on children sponsored by TV-Turnoff Network. This year's event runs April 19-25. More than 950 students attend C.O. Harrison in kindergarten through fifth grades, and organizers expect about 250 of them to succeed in leaving the television off for a week.

"This is our fourth year participating in the project, and each year more children are successful in finding other things to do during TV Turnoff Week," said Debbie Illing, a member of the school's Parent Teacher Association. "We will be offering the kids incentives to succeed, including gift certificates, savings bonds and Cincinnati Reds tickets."

"We are using an honor system, asking parents to complete a form each day of the week confirming their children did not watch TV, and telling us what they did instead," Illing said.

"We will announce sports night, family games night, read-a-book night, take-a-walk night and cook-together night," Illing said.

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