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Reading Superheroes To The Rescue

The show, "Super WHY!" is "a preschool literacy-based-in-adventure show," said its creator Angela Santomero, who was also the head writer of mega-hit TV show "Blue's Clues."
The show, “Super WHY!” is “a preschool literacy-based-in-adventure show,” said its creator Angela Santomero, who was also the head writer of mega-hit TV show “Blue’s Clues.”
 
Alice Wilder, who is the head researcher for the new show, helped to create “Blue’s Clues,” and met Santomero at Columbia University’s Teachers College, said that they spotted the Queens school’s website and asked to screen the show. “When they [the show’s producers] called, I was very excited,” said Bill Mena, the Director of the school’s “Summer at Kew Forest” camp. “It was a no brainer for me to have them come over and meet our kids.”

“It’s very gratifying, seeing the kids learn and yelling out letters,” Santemora said, explaining that she developed “Super WHY!” as her Teachers College master’s thesis, but “Blue’s Clues” was picked up first by Nickelodeon.
This article appeared in the August 30, 2007 edition of the Queens Courier.com
 

Published Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2007