A&E Networks Reaches Out to Katrina Victims


A&E Television Networks said Monday that it will launch a two-stage educational-outreach program in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The programmer said it will provide educational materials to several Houston schools that have admitted some of the thousands of evacuated students.

Also, in addition to financial donations, AETN employees will help to package and mail boxes of supplies for these schools, including writing utensils, notebooks and other educational items.

Each school will also receive a TV, a DVD player, a video library of historical and educational programming from The History Channel and A&E Network and study guides for the teachers.

AETN’s Web sites will list other schools that need support and encourage others to follow suit.

“Through our relationships in the educational community, we plan to utilize the extensive educational resources we have on hand to reach out to the thousands of displaced families in a very real way,” AETN CEO Abbe Raven said in a prepared statement. “Our primary goal is to provide key assistance to the schools, the teachers and the children affected by this terrible disaster.”