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2nd Annual “Be My Neighbor Day” Comes to Winter Park

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

The second annual “Be My Neighbor Day returns to Winter Park later this month, bringing with it fun and educational activities for the whole family hosted by WUCF TV and the Winter Park History Museum.

Join us Sunday, Feb. 28 in Winter Park’s Central Park. Children will be surrounded  from noon to 3 p.m. with family-friendly activities themed around being a good neighbor. The Winter Park History Museum will provide educational panels on the life and legacy of the late Fred Rogers. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet Daniel Tiger, star of the PBS KIDS program, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The event is free.

“We had such an amazing turnout last year for Be My Neighbor Day and look forward to once again engaging with the Central Florida community,” said Catherine Hiles, WUCF TV’s education and community engagement manager.  “We are proud to be able to bring a fun and informative event with so many teachable moments for families.”

Vice Mayor Sarah Sprinkel will help open the event by dedicating Feb. 28th as Be My Neighbor Day in Winter Park with an official proclamation from the city.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is one of PBS’ most popular animated programs, which builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and is produced by The Fred Rogers Company. This series for a new generation of children tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and life.

Not only is Rogers one of the world’s most beloved stars, he’s one of Winter Park’s most famous former residents.  Rogers earned his bachelor's degree in music composition at Rollins College in 1951 and immediately was hired in the television industry. Rogers married Joanne Byrd, a concert pianist and fellow Rollins graduate in 1952.

“We are so happy to be celebrating the legacy of Fred Rogers once again in Winter Park’s beautiful Central Park,” said Susan Skolfield, executive director of the Winter Park History Museum. “It’s so important to remember his positive impact on our community and nation.”

Rogers died in 2003, but his legacy - teaching millions of children how to be good neighbors, play make-believe and appreciate music - lives on through Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which airs daily on WUCF TV at 9 a.m.

Join WUCF and the Winter Park History Museum in celebrating the pioneering legacy of Fred Rogers by visiting wucftv.org/bemyneighborday.  Here you can share what Mister Rogers means to you, watch exclusive videos, rediscover classic Mister Rogers moments, and explore the Fred Rogers-inspired Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

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