WQED welcomes the 171st Air Refueling Wing to the Learning Neighborhood


The 171st Air Refueling Wing base in Moon Township has been selected as the newest member of the WQED Learning Neighborhood. With program funding from locally headquartered FedEx Ground, a WQED Family Engagement Center will open in the Spring of 2022 to serve families of Airman serving home station and abroad of 171st Air Refueling Wing.

Unique to the military base, the Family Engagement Center is modeled after similar educational programs such as WQED’s Wash and Learn and Inquire Within library sites, five of which are also supported through a grant from FedEx Ground.

The learning spaces provide activities and resources from the PBS catalog that engage learners of all ages in both passive and active ways.  Programming can include screenings of PBS specials, parent/child engagement workshops, App-a-Thons, thematic resource centers, and character visits.

As the WQED Family Engagement Center gears up to support families with educational resources, the first distribution of materials took place on Saturday, December 4. Appropriately themed for the holidays, men and women of the 171st Air Refueling Wing will be able to pick-up the WQED educational activity kits at the Airmen and Family Readiness Program office on the base. As families prepare for the holidays, children can explore holiday traditions around the world with these hands-on activity kits.

“I am very pleased that WQED and the 171st Air Refueling Wing Base in Moon Township have partnered to serve families of the Airman serving home station and abroad,” said Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny). “It’s a win-win. The 171st Air Refueling Wing Base provides resources for global engagement, meet national objectives and assists local and state authorities. The educational opportunities are immense.  The WQED Learning Neighborhood also allows people to lend a helping hand when needed and that is a goal of the 171st Air Refueling Base.”

The Airman and Family Readiness Program Office provides resources and support. Airman ask that their families be taken care of and families request the same for their loved ones. The Office assists with answers to questions, referrals, resources, and community engagement opportunities.


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