Idaho Public Television and Wal-Mart Partner to Provide Historical Resource for Idaho High Schools

Project offers high school seniors material to assist with thesis requirements


BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Public Television today recognizes Wal-Mart for its significant contribution to THE IDAHO HOMEFRONT: WORLD WAR II, a documentary detailing the impact of World War II on Idaho and its citizens.

In addition to becoming a major sponsor for the Idaho Public Television (IPTV) production, Wal-Mart has funded next week’s statewide distribution of 1,000 copies of the documentary DVD to Idaho public high schools.  A Web site is also being created with Wal-Mart funding to provide teachers with resources about Idaho’s contribution to the WWII effort. This includes a template for a senior thesis project based on WWII oral history interviews. 

“Through Wal-Mart’s support of this project, THE IDAHO HOMEFRONT: WORLD WAR II will serve as a historical resource for high school teachers and students. And especially for seniors, who choose to incorporate oral histories as part of a senior thesis project,” said IPTV General Manager Peter Morrill. “It is significant for all Idahoans that this production was able to capture stories told by people who experienced them, more than 60 years ago.”

“We are proud to be involved with Idaho Public Television and their production of THE IDAHO HOMEFRONT: WORLD WAR II” said Karianne Fallow, Sr. Manager of Public Affairs for Wal-Mart. “This is a great opportunity to provide additional education resources for Idaho students and to share the contributions of military veterans with generations to come. We knew this project would be a perfect fit with Wal-Mart’s commitment to education and its support of military veterans.”

The Idaho Homefront Oral History/Senior Thesis Project promotes the documentation of oral histories from individuals affected by war. Participants with winning submissions will receive scholarship money to be used at an Idaho college or university. More information about The Idaho Homefront Oral History/Senior Thesis Project may be found at www.idahoptv.org/homefront on the IPTV Web site.

THE IDAHO HOMEFRONT: WORLD WAR II airs Monday, September 10, at 10:00 p.m. MT/PT on Idaho Public Television. The show, which premiered last December, shares the September schedule with THE WAR, Ken Burns’ seven-part series on World War II that begins Sunday, September 23, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT.

About Idaho Public Television
Idaho Public Television is Idaho’s only statewide medium. IdahoPTV offers national and Idaho-produced programming from five transmitters and 37 translators. Local programming includes OUTDOOR IDAHO, DIALOGUE and IDAHO REPORTS series, plus a variety of specials about interests and issues important to the state’s citizens. The system, which is a member of PBS, also provides 60 hours of children’s programming each week, plus an overnight schedule with educational offerings for students, teachers and adult-learning. IdahoPTV’s five digital transmitters provide high-definition television programming nightly to the state’s major population centers, with standard digital programs scheduled during the day on four multi-cast channels.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Every day, more than 176 million customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, Sam’s Club or a subsidiary location in 15 countries around the world. In each of the countries where Wal-Mart operates, the company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $270 million to these local communities. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com or www.walmartfoundation.org.