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Here Are 5 Things You Might Not Know About Mister Rogers

"Won't you be my neighbor?" For 912 episodes, Fred Rogers asked this question of his young viewers — and for the entire run of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," our answer was a resounding, "Yes!" For generations of kids, Rogers was a model of friendliness, kindness and the importance of being earnest. His soothing voice, zip-up cardigan and sneakers made him approachable and welcome...

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Reflecting Light on Shadows

Ever since I started presenting workshops on Fred’s approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math), I’ve kept my ears open for stories of children’s questions about the world around them -- and for the way their teachers respond. So I was especially delighted with what I heard when I was observing my scientist friend Elaine offer her...

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Fred Rogers, Our Friend and Neighbor

It's been 50 years since "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" first went on the air – a television program for young children that treated them with respect, and helped them understand a complicated, often challenging world. Faith Salie looks back on the exceptional Fred Rogers, talking with his family and collaborators, and with filmmaker Morgan Neville, director of a new documentary, "Won't...

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Happy 90th Birthday Fred Rogers

For many of our regular readers, you know that one of my favorite social media features is “On this Day,” which is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on past years with my family. Today, I get to share a significant milestone with you. On this day, March 20, 1928, Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As arguably one...

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Neighborly Ways to Celebrate

I’ve always thought of the March newsletter as special because March 20 was Fred’s birthday. This year, because it’s the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS, the U.S. Post Office is making his birthday even more memorable by releasing a Commemorative Forever postage stamp featuring a portrait of Fred in his signature red sweater with his royal puppet,...

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