WQED, PNC Grow Up Great and Fred Rogers Productions host Be My Neighbor Day
PITTSBURGH – Since 2014, WQED has worked with community partners to celebrate neighborliness and kindness through Be My Neighbor Day. This event helps to promote local volunteerism, family engagement and community development and strives to support diversity, equity and inclusion.
This year, WQED and Fred Rogers Productions, through funding from PNC Grow Up Great, invite neighbors to attend Be My Neighbor Day in the community of Homestead. The free event takes place Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 4 p.m.
“We are proud to work with both WQED and PNC Grow Up Great to continue to bring Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Be My Neighbor Day to communities around Pittsburgh,” said Paul Siefken, president and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions. “Be My Neighbor Day models both the core values of Fred Rogers Productions and the learning goals of Daniel Tiger for children everywhere.”
“PNC Grow Up Great is proud to support Be My Neighbor Days,” said Sally McCrady, chair and president of The PNC Foundation. “These community events are a nod to the message and spirit of Fred Rogers, engaging families and teaching the values of kindness and volunteerism in their communities. As part of our long collaboration with Fred Rogers Productions and WQED, Be My Neighbor Day supports young children and their families in a fun and educational way, and further allows PNC to connect with our Pittsburgh neighbors.”
This year’s event will incorporate a walking history of Homestead that leads to four different activity hubs:
- Barrett Elementary School, 221 E 12th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120
- Dragon’s Den, 1008 Amity St, Homestead, PA 15120
- Carnegie Library of Homestead, 510 E 10th Ave, Munhall, PA 15120
- Steel Valley Family Center, 304 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120
Each activity hub will feature information about services within the community, activities for families to participate in together, and opportunities to give back to the community.
Those interested in attending can learn more on the Be My Neighbor website: wqed.org/bemyneighborday.
Now in its 10th year on PBS KIDS, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the first original show from Fred Rogers Productions since Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, brings the children’s television pioneer’s legacy to life for a whole new generation of young viewers. Every episode of the well-loved series showcases two distinct stories starring 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends, who invite viewers to join them as they explore the colorful Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Irresistible musical strategies reinforce the unique theme of each show, and preschoolers and parents can sing along and incorporate them into their daily lives. Executive producers are Angela C. Santomero, chief creative officer at 9 Story Media Group; Ellen Doherty, chief creative officer of Fred Rogers Productions; and Vince Commisso, president & CEO, 9 Story Media Group.
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; streaming and apps, and WQED Interactive.
WQED is a premier leader in broadcast and digital video production, producing socially relevant, historical, arts, entertainment and educational programming resources. WQED’s Learning Neighborhood model creates an education continuum dedicated to serving our youngest neighbors through Ready To Learn programming, while engaging high school students learning filmmaking and exploring employment opportunities through the WQED Film Academy.
About Fred Rogers Productions
Fred Rogers Productions was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program and extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engages new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly rated children’s series, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods, have earned 30 Emmy® Awards among other important honors. The company’s latest series are Donkey Hodie, the innovative puppet series inspired by characters from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Alma’s Way, an animated series created by Sonia Manzano. Fred Rogers Productions strives to inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning through its series as well efforts beyond broadcast including games and digital offerings, community engagement activities, and much more. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
About PNC Grow Up Great
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through PNC Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, visit http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com.