Get a JUMP! on School

WQLN Education is making BIG plans to ignite, inspire, and engage the academic potential of all students, from kindergarteners to seniors in high school, who are preparing for the 2015-16 school year. On Sunday, August 9, 2015, from 11am to 3pm, we will present JUMP! Back to School Expo at the Bayfront Convention Center. JUMP! will provide families a one-stop experience of the latest in products, services, and resources that will contribute to their child's academic success. And students will have a chance to JUMP! into technology, science, and math when they visit some of the cool exhibits.

  • $5 in advance and $7 at the door
  • Children 12 and under free
  Order your tickets online
Additional adult tickets will be available at the door for $7 the day of the event while supplies last.

JUMP! is presented by WQLN Education and sponsored by Sarris Candies.

All proceeds from JUMP! will benefit WQLN Education, which is committed to improving the lives of children in our community by intersecting media and learning, providing teachers and parents the tools to encourage learning in the classroom and home, and strengthening community partnerships that foster early childhood education.

"My Favorite Book" Audition Registration

The registration period for the "My Favorite Book" auditions has ended.

Auditions will take place from 1-3pm at WQLN Education's 3rd annual JUMP! Back to School Expo on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Children should dress in solid colors—but not white—in clothing that is free of logos and text.

Children should bring their favorite age-appropriate book and be prepared to talk on camera about why that book is their favorite.


Free Haircuts by Cleckley Barbershop
Meet-n-Greet: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Cat in the Hat
Face Painting by Taradoodles
Fun Photo Op with Chris and Martin Wild Kratts standee display
Let's Get Wild - Wild Animal Scavenger Hunt
"My Favorite Book" TV auditions for young readers
Balloon Twists by The Real Magic Steve
"Keep it Moving” Obstacle Course with the Erie County Diabetes Association
Story Time with Reading Innovations
Build Something with Home Depot
Back to School Dental Screenings by LECOM Dental Center
Fun interactive exhibits by
  • Penn State-the Behrend College
  • Erie Public Schools Material Science Center
  • Bricks4Kidz
  • Blasco Library
  • expERIEnce Children's Museum
  • Erie Zoo
  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • NW Regional Highway Safety

Performance Schedule

12:00pm to 12:25pm Erie All City Marching Band
12:35pm to 12:50pm Lake Erie Ballet
1:00pm to 1:30pm M4
1:35pm to 2:05pm Step Into Action Step Team
2:15pm to 2:45pm Lake Erie Ballet

Why donate to us?

WQLN relies on the support of donors to enable us to provide exceptional quality, non-commercial television, radio, and educational programming every day of the year.
Support the programs you rely on by:

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  • Making an additional gift to WQLN

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Sarris Candies

    Gold Level Sponsor    
At Sarris Candies, we’ve perfected the art of successful fundraising and have taken pride in our reputation for quality products, exceptional service and satisfied customers for over 50 years. Our Holiday, Chocolate Bar and Pretzel Rod programs are designed for easy, simple selling and are supported by our specialized fundraising staff. Call 1-800-255-7771 today to get started with the ONLY fundraiser you need.

Lilly Broadcasting

    Gold Level Sponsor    

AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania

    Silver Level Sponsor    
AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania, a member of AmeriHealth Caritas, is a Medical Assistance (Medicaid) managed care health plan serving more than 114,000 Medical Assistance recipients across two regions of Pennsylvania: Lehigh/Capital and New West, comprising Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Mercer, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.

Erie Community Credit Union

    Silver Level Sponsor    

Girl Scouts of Western PA

    Silver Level Sponsor    
In Girl Scouts, girls ages 5-17 explore and discover their world, connect with other and become leaders who take action to make their world a better place. Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) serves approximately 35,000 girls and 6,000 volunteers in 27 counties in western Pennsylvania.

Erie Kindercare

    Silver Level Sponsor    

PA Cyber Charter School

    Silver Level Sponsor    
The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is a pioneer in online education and now in its 13th year of offering K-12 students an innovative, high-quality education using the latest technology, accredited courses, and experienced, state-certified teachers. PA Cyber offers a personalized education plan, textbooks, materials, flexible scheduling, enrichment opportunities, PSSA preparation, guidance counselors, field trips and social opportunities. It is a public, tuition-free school for students residing in the commonwealth. Learn more by calling 1-888-PA Cyber (922-9237) or visiting

UPMC for Kids

    Bronze Level Sponsor    
Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), brought to you by UPMC for Kids, is a state and federally funded program that provides health insurance to eligible uninsured children and teens.

Country Fair

Country Fair, Inc. is a chain of 71 convenience stores that are integral parts of the communities that they service throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern Ohio. Country Fair employs over 1,250 associates. Country Fair combines first class facilities with excellent customer service to accomplish our mission, which is to satisfy "Every Customer, Every Time."

The Achievement Center


Best Buy


Cathedral Prep & Villa Maria

Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy, Erie's educational leaders, provide young men and women with a Catholic, single-sex, college preparatory education. Both campuses have completely renovated state-of-the-art classrooms, science labs, auditoriums, and athletic facilities. Prep and Villa students have the opportunity to earn college credits from Gannon University and University of Pittsburgh while still in high school. Prep and Villa are the only high school option in the area with a fully-implemented iPad program and have been the leaders of technology in the classroom for several years. Each graduating class has a college acceptance rate of 100%.

Charter School of Excellence

The Mission of the Perseus House Charter School of Excellence is to provide a variety of educational opportunities to foster academic excellence through partnerships with family, community, and school.

Erie Arts & Culture

Erie Arts & Culture works to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of its people through the advancement of arts and culture. The arts are important to our youth for inspiring creativity and innovative thought, and as a tool for enhancing academic achievement in the classroom.

Erie First Christian Academy


Family Services of NWPA




Great Clips


Huffman Family Chiropractic

Huffman Family Chiropractic, 2030 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16510, (814) 825-2129

Leadership Christian Academy

Leadership Christian Academy offers a program of academic and spiritual excellence. It is the only school in Erie County that offers consistent and applied leadership training to students from Pre-K through Grade 8. We exist to educate and equip this generation of God’s leaders.

NAMI of Erie County

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Erie County is a local non-profit organization established in 1984 to address the increasing need for families and individuals to have a stronger voice in the mental health system. NAMI of Erie County provides educational programs and support groups to these families and individuals.



Playway Loving Child Center


Precision Manufacturing Institute

Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) was founded in 1987. We are an industrial training center located at 764 Bessemer Street in Meadville, also known as the “Tool City.” Our mission is to promote the growth of people, business, and industry through quality education and training. For more information please call 814-333-2415.

Reading Innovations

Basic Reading Tutoring & Math Tutoring, High School & College Level Classes (sciences & humanities), One-on-One Sessions In Person, One-to-One Sessions ONLINE (Skype & SyncPad), and K-12, College & Adult. Call or Email Us for a Free Consultation. Phone: (814) 833-0074, Fax: (814) 833-0027, Email:

Robert Benjamin Wiley Charter School


Teaching Touches

The Teaching Touches Family has set a goal of making a positive difference and a lasting impacton the way people aspire to become lifelong learners. We foster a love of learning by providingeducational products and services our entire community depends upon. Teaching Touches strives to be a strong partner in the education community and we offer a broad product line to be used in classrooms, homes and businesses. Thank you for shopping local and see you at the store!
1846 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16508 • 814.871.6676

Triangle Tech

As a leading technical school in Pennsylvania, Triangle Tech offers hands-on training from industry-experienced instructors who teach you the skills employers need. Triangle Tech is an ACCSC nationally accredited technical school providing high skills training in computer-aided drafting and design, electricity, carpentry, refrigeration, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and welding. We pride ourselves in delivering high-quality career training for more than 69 years. Triangle Tech has six convenient locations throughout Pennsylvania, including our Erie campus. Earn your degree and the opportunity to have a great job waiting for you in 16 months!

Thru My Eyes Photography


United Way of Erie County

United Way of Erie County offers resources for families with children getting ready for school. The Imagination Library provides FREE high quality books to children under five. Erie Together's Kindergarten Readiness Checklist helps parents make sure their child is ready for school, along with the Kindergarten Registration Guide. The FamilyWize free prescription discount card offers significant savings.

UPMC for You


Utley and Iszkula Orthodontics

Erie orthodontists, Dr. Jack Utley and Dr. Steven Iszkula of Utley & Iszkula Orthodontics has been creating beautiful smiles that build confidence since 1975. We have a range of services to meet your needs! Our practice offers braces for children with an emphasis on early treatment encouraging screenings by age seven. We offer teens and adults the options of Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen™ clear aligners, traditional braces and ceramic brackets, including Damon Clear. Utley & Iszkula Orthodontics can give you the smile you've always wanted.

Waddell & Reed

For many young people today, the foundation for a strong financial future begins with higher education. And now, there are more choices than ever before when it comes to paying for college. By working with a Waddell & Reed financial advisor, you can learn more about the process of selecting the education funding option that's right for you. For more information contact Larry Kozik, Financial Advisor at 814-864-1199 x104.

Widget Financial

Widget Financial is a local not-for-profit credit union that is shared by more than 36,000 members. Instead of stock holders found in traditional banks, our members both own and democratically control our financial cooperative. Our member-owners are the heart of our business. At Widget Financial, we’re geared to enrich your life!

YMCA of Greater Erie


Blasco Library



Bricks 4 Kidz® is a creative learning program that provides an extraordinary atmosphere for children to build unique creations, play games and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks while being educated in various aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (S.T.E.M) and Architecture. Our hands-on program has been created and designed by a team of teachers, architects and engineering professionals to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. We offer: After School Enrichment Classes, Birthday Parties, Camps, In-School Workshops, Preschool Classes and Special Events!

EPS Material Science Center


Erie County Diabetes Association

Since 1982, Erie County Diabetes Association has been combating the growing epidemic of diabetes by increasing public awareness, promoting prevention, and helping individuals understand and responsibly manage their diagnosis. ECDA strives to meet the educational, resource, and support needs of children and adults affected by all forms of diabetes.

The Erie Zoo

The Erie Zoo is home to nearly 400 animals including penguins, rhinos, orangutans and reptiles. The Zoo is open every day March 1 through November 30 from 10 am until 5 pm. Visit to learn more about special events, education classes and the latest Zoo news.

ExpERIEnce Children's Museum

The expERIEnce Children's Museum is a place that has been inspiring creativity and imagination in children for twenty years. The museum is a non-profit organization located in the historic cultural district of downtown Erie whose entire mission is to engage children and families in a fun and educational experience and is committed to educating children across a broad range of topics including math, science, art, culture, literacy and health.

The Home Depot




NW Regional Highway Safety Network


Penn State, the Behrend College


Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Presque Isle State Park is one of 120 State Parks within the state of Pennsylvania, and is a major recreational landmark for about four million visitors each year. Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating.

Public Safety-911


The Real Magic Steve