February 2017

35mm color film negative; folder 02-07, neg sleeve 05C10, neg 16; Life Magazine shoot: Nantucket, Crooked House with neighbors and wife. Fred Rogers reads a book on a couch near a window in a sitting room in the Crooked House.

Deep and Simple Inspiration

Fred Rogers could tackle any topic brilliantly. I’m sure, unlike me, he wouldn’t have had any trouble coming up with a thoughtful newsletter greeting month after month. There is no doubt that each of his newsletters would have been meaningful and inspirational. I started thinking about where Fred may have found inspiration. Who helped stir and provoke his thoughts? One person who comes to...

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Neighborhood Music Visits Program Helps Children Learn About the Power of Music

Paige Krempasky of Belle Vernon blew into the mouthpiece of her euphonium while more than a dozen preschoolers took turns pressing its valves. As they gained confidence exploring the large brass instrument, the Westmoreland Community Action Head Start students created an increasingly complex string of notes. [q_button type='normal_button' size='medium' text='READ MORE' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon='' icon_color='' link='http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11979223-74/music-program-rogers' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color=''...

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The Role of Relationships in Children’s Use of Technology

Technology and digital media are an integral part of many adults’ lives, and the same is true for many children today. Not long ago, the conversation about digital media and early childhood learning focused on whether or not these new technologies should be part of early childhood education, at home or at school. But in recent years, the conversation has...

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35mm color film negative; folder 02-05, neg sleeve 125053-3C30, neg 32; Life Magazine shoot: Dominoes. Close-up of Fred Rogers' sneakers behind a collapsed domino design of a rainbow on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Creation Station

I recently talked with a teacher who was excited about a new learning center that she set up for the children. She called it the “Creation Station” and stocked it with donations from families of recyclable “stuff,” like boxes, egg cartons, packing material, plastic containers, and paper towel tubes. With the addition of things like tape and markers, all the...

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Fred Rogers Display Update Coincides with Unity Center’s Anniversary

Those who stop at the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce's The Neighborhood Visitor and Information Center on Route 30 in Unity will notice that a display dedicated to children's television pioneer Fred Rogers no longer includes one of the trademark red zippered sweaters he wore on “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” [q_button type='normal_button' size='medium' text='READ MORE' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon='' icon_color='' link='http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11872214-74/rogers-center-fred'...

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