PBS KIDS is turning self-isolation into an opportunity to teach kids how to be good neighbors.
Its new campaign, Thank the Neighbors, aims to educate kids about the importance of community and provide them with resources to share their gratitude for teachers, healthcare professionals and other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Fred Rogers said it best when he said, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,’” said Lesli Rotenberg, chief programming executive and general manager of children’s media and education at PBS. “There are so many people who are helping in our communities today, and we encourage families to join us in celebrating them for making our communities safer, stronger and healthier in this unprecedented time.”
Thank the Neighbors includes fill-in-the-blank digital cards (above) to complete and share using the hashtag #ThankYouNeighbors, plus printable coloring sheets with thank you prompts you can email or post (or stick in the window).
Kids can also play Hero Maker, a virtual game where they can create their own essential workers (like postal workers, first responders, doctors and utilities workers). The PBS KIDS for parents website also features videos that explore neighborhoods and the helpers that create a community along with resources for parents to discuss essential workers’ roles in our communities.
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