All Four Trinity Area Elementary Schools are WQED SmartSchools!


PITTSBURGH – WQED is teaming up with local schools to bring teachers, students, and families Smart Schools. Smart Schools infuses PBS resources into classrooms to create innovative and impactful learning experiences for school-aged learners. 

The partnership, made possible with financial support from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation, the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, empowers teachers to be innovative, create imaginative programing by using researched-based instruction and technology, and parent-trusted content from PBS. The EQT Foundation will fund Smart Schools in four elementary schools in the Trinity Area School District in Washington County: Trinity South, Trinity East, Trinity West, and Trinity North.

The schools will host virtual community kick-off events to celebrate Smart Schools on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm. 

The event will include a visit with Lisa Donovan, local author of “Birds in My Backyard” and illustrator Dee Paras.

Each school will receive a copy of “Birds in My Backyard” for their library and copies of the book will be raffled off to students. Students will engage in a bird collage activity and receive kits with other bird-related activities to work on at home (DIY binoculars, bird observation journal, bird checklist, and coloring sheets).

“WQED is thrilled for this opportunity to work with educators and families in the Trinity Elementary Schools.  We are looking forward to learning how we can best support learning and family engagement for this fabulous community,” said Gina Masciola, Director of Education Partnerships at WQED. 

Education is at the center of WQED’s mission. Parents and educators desire programs and resources that spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and engage learners in innovative experiences that encourage learning within schools, but that also pave the way for impactful out-of-school time as well. Students and teachers are inundated with content from a variety of sources, and often the impact and effectiveness of this content on actual learning is slight. 


PBS KIDS is the #1 educational media brand because it produces high-quality educational content, informed by research that inspires, engages, and entertains learners of all ages—wherever learning is happening. From young learners who are just learning to read, use numbers, and gain social and emotional skills, to elementary and middle school students looking to increase their knowledge of math and science, to high school students looking to understand key science and engineering concepts, PBS programs and resources are carefully designed to work FOR children and improve their learning. Smart Schools empowers teachers to create innovative, imaginative learning experiences using this research-based, parent-trusted content from PBS. 


Welcome to Smart Schools – Excite.  Educate.  Explore the impact of WQED.

About the EQT Foundation
The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the nation’s largest natural gas producer, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions.  The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen.  The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: 


About WQED

WQED was an experiment in educational community-supported television that was the forerunner to PBS. Today, WQED is a multimedia powerhouse that is as much a part of Pittsburgh as the three rivers. WQED is WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and WQED Education (

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