National News Roundup
Action for Children's Television (act), a nonprofit public-interest group based in Newtonville, Mass., has begun a national campaign to assess local broadcasters' service to children.
act volunteers will examine program logs at stations in 20 cities throughout the U.S. and record the amount of daytime children's programming aired on weekdays.
Stations with "a particularly low level of service to children," according to act, will receive letters of complaint and will have an "informal objection" filed against them with the Federal Communications Commission.
act may also gather petitions to deny stations' license renewals.
Peggy Charren, president of act, announced the campaign recently in Las Vegas at the 1982 conference of the National Association of Television Program Executives.
Students in Marshall, Tex., celebrated Energy Education Day with an ''off-shore drilling simulation game," and 16 other activities.
In Marlboro, Mass., high-school students planned a debate on energy deregulation, and readied a stage production of "Energy Night Live."
In Ogden, Utah, the whole week was energy week, as students at the North Ogden Junior High School created an energy newspaper and engaged in 20 other activities.
Energy Education Day, celebrated on March 19, is the brainchild of Gerard Katz, a former teacher of physics who initiated the National Energy Education Day project in 1976 in Greenville, N.Y.
In 1980, President Carter signed a Congressional resolution that designated the third Friday of each March National Energy Education Day. This year, President Reagan signed a similar proclamation on March 10. The project has received financial support from the federal government, business, and labor groups.
The project's focus is "energy security," according to Mr. Katz, and its goal is to "prompt the nation's schools to recognize the importance of integrating energy education into the regular course curriculum."
This year, more than 10,000 schools were expected to participate in energy-related activities during the week.
Some of the projects tried by schools include Cold Lunch Day and Empty Parking Lot Day. And in the offshore oil-drilling game in Texas, students forgot about buying Boardwalk and Park Place, and instead used their play money to invest in oil wells.