Mister Rogers Celebrates 50 Years “In the Neighborhood”

News Release Date: 
March 7, 2018

For Immediate Release

Mister Rogers Celebrates 50 Years “In the Neighborhood”

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 7, 2018) – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” series and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” the contemporary PBS KIDS spin-off series that continues his legacy, NET invites every Nebraskan to create a community of kindness on “Be My Neighbor Day,” Tuesday, March 20.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR stations, planned it’s first-ever “Be My Neighbor Day” to encourage acts of kindness and thoughtful ways to be a caring neighbor. Nebraskans can participate any way they choose, but suggestions include: walking a dog; helping with groceries; visiting a nursing home; reading to a young person; mailing a letter of thanks; telling someone what you like about them; or donating a sweater or pair of shoes.

For more ideas and information about participating in “Be My Neighbor Day,” visit netNebraska.org/neighbor. The webpage features downloadable coloring pages and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” character masks.

Be My Neighbor Day March 20 2018

Since Fred Rogers believed that one act of kindness can lead to many, NET wants to spread the word about all neighborly gestures on March 20. Participants are asked to take a photo and write a short post about their act of kindness and share it with NET on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #bemyneighbor.

Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed March 20 as “Be My Neighbor Day” in Nebraska. The proclamation was presented by Lt. Gov. Mike Foley during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Part of the proclamation read, “WHEREAS, there is no one else like Fred Rogers, so we honor what would have been his 90th birthday on March 20 in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the show’s premiere, as a time to celebrate Fred Rogers’ powerful message of neighborliness.”

To learn more about the legacy of Fred Rogers, the documentary “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like” is airing on NET channels in March. Watch at 4 p.m. CT, Thursday, March 8 on NET Create; 2:30 p.m. CT, Sunday, March 11 on NET World and 8:30 p.m. CT, Sunday, March 11, on NET.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

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