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October 28, 2019

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Be My Neighbor Day Draws Huge Crowd

The weather on Saturday, October 19 was perfect for bringing together neighbors at NJPAC in Newark New Jersey for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Be My Neighbor Day. 1,750 people and several community partners were in attendance for this free event that ran from 12-3 PM.

With a grant from Fred Rogers Company, WNET hosted the community event in celebration of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the 15th Anniversary of Grow Up Great (an initiative of The PNC Financial Services Group). Be My Neighbor Day promotes local volunteerism, family engagement, and community development.

For Be My Neighbor Day, WNET partnered with PNC and NJPAC’s community engagement team, which included a day of neighborly fun and activities for young children and their caregivers. Families had the opportunity to meet Daniel Tiger, participate in movement and dance demonstrations, play musical instruments, build with blocks, listen to stories, have their faces painted, enjoy a BBQ pit, and create crafts such as finger puppets and masks. They were also introduced to several key community helpers in Newark such as the Newark fire department, police and EMTs. Most importantly, there were philanthropic opportunities to participate in, which helped promote being caring neighbors in the community. These included making cards for children at the Beth Israel Children’s Hospital and donating canned goods to UVSO, a local community agency. More than 1,200 cans were collected at the event and will go towards making holiday baskets for families in need.

Be My Neighbor Day was an excellent opportunity to engage with families and community partners in Newark, New Jersey and provide them with our stations’ resources. In addition to NJPAC and PNC Grow Up Great, partners for the event included Elefante Music and School for the Performing Arts, Victor Burks Music, The Leaguers Inc., Weequahic Park Sports Authority, Zura, Newark Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Preparedness and the Newark Fire Department.

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