COOKEVILLE – Education efforts will be highlighted this year when WCTE, the Upper Cumberland’s PBS affiliate, will host its 2015 annual dinner Thursday, March 5, at the Leslie Town Centre, 1 W. First St., Cookeville.
The dinner will celebrate WCTE’s commitment to “Education for a Lifetime,” as well as the 20th anniversary of its Stations of Imagination efforts. Bryan and Rena Johnson and their family will be the guests of honor. The Johnsons helped WCTE launch Stations of Imagination, which offers hands-on activities, interactive games and live entertainment at Cookeville’s Fall FunFest, in 1995 and have had a hand in the event ever since.
Tara Brown, aka “The Connection Coach,” an award-winning educator, author and speaker, is scheduled to give the keynote address.
WCTE will also award its 2015 MARKERS award to Dr. Kathleen Airhart, former Putnam County director of schools and Tennessee’s deputy commissioner of education, for her contributions to children through education on a local, regional and national level.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a WCTE member reception. The general reception will open at 5:30 and the dinner will run from 6-8 p.m. Tickets, which are $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door, may be purchased at www.wcte.org/annualdinner or by calling (931) 528-2222, ext. 300.