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[Weekly Inspiration] Won't You Be My Neighbor? Lessons Learned from Mr. Rogers

[Weekly Inspiration] Won't You Be My Neighbor? Lessons Learned from Mr. Rogers

"The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving." Fred Rogers

Everyone knows and loves Mr. Rogers – he was a staple in the lives of children during the show’s run from 1968-2001. He was responsible for teaching us many life lessons: that we have an obligation to help one another on this planet, that love always wins, to never give up, and to value ourselves.

This time of year can be stressful anyone; teachers are busy with testing and conferences, administrators are busy with budgeting and planning, and students are longing for summer days that still seem so far away. Even during a difficult time, just like Mr. Rogers showed us, we should remember the impact that educators have on the lives of students and how we can change the way someone is feeling with a simple smile or a thank you.

Check out the trailer that was released for the upcoming Focus Features documentary "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” in theaters June 8, 2018. (Warning: you may need some tissues to get through this one!)

This trailer is a wonderful showcase of the impact that Fred Rogers has had on millions of children over the years. He was able to teach children about difficult moments in our lives (such as death, divorce, and even assassination) and about many complex social issues in each episode – and it was all boiled down to a level that made sense to children.

What were the lessons you’ve learned from Mr. Rogers? How has he impacted your life? Check out out our blog on Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning into the Classroom to help your students become well-rounded individuals. It’s safe to say we are excited to see this film!