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“Rise and Shine” to Fight Summer Learning Loss

Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education are joining forces to battle summer learning loss with our new program, “Rise and Shine!” Find out how it will help Arkansas kids in grades K-5 retain and reinforce all they’ve learned this year, which Arkansas Teacher of the Year friends you can expect to see again, and some of the amazing places across The Natural State and the PBS KIDS universe we’ll be exploring after the jump.

Racial, Restorative and Transformative Justice – June Vlog with Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey

This month, we had the chance to record our vlog from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we were visiting for the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Join us to hear why recognizing lived histories and honoring the past is vital to achieve racial, restorative and transformative justice after the jump. 

Arkansas PBS Transmitter Expansion Project

Arkansas PBS is moving even closer to our goal of universal state coverage with the completion of our Russellville area transmitter – the first of five made possible by CARES Act Funding! Learn about the four more to come in 2021 and all of the ways we’re working to increase access to early childhood and educational, entertaining programming after the jump.

Dive in to Arkansas Swimming Holes With Chuck Dovish

Explore all of the fantastic swimming spots Arkansas has to offer with Chuck Dovish in "Exploring Arkansas: Natural State Swimming Holes." Learn where we're headed and when to watch after the jump.

Color Toad Suck Daze Mural at Boom Art with Arkansas PBS on June 5

Color Toad Suck Daze Mural at Boom Art with Arkansas PBS on June 5

2021 Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Students in grades K-3 across Arkansas submitted 155 entries for this year’s contest, and all 14 winning stories will be available to read online at myarpbs.org/writerscontest beginning Friday, June 4. See who won and learn more after the jump!

ArkansasIDEAS’ “Be the Reason” Shares Critical Lessons About Child Abuse and Neglect

ArkansasIDEAS released “Be the Reason: The Educator’s Role in Combating Child Maltreatment” June 1, 2021. Hear why Arkansas PBS Education Research Coordinator Stacy Pendergrast is glad to work with Arkansas child-protective agencies to create this course—and why she wishes she’d had similar training in her early teaching years—after the jump.

The Making of a Successful Harvest – “Good Roots”

This month on “Good Roots” inside “Arkansas Week,” I’m taking you with me to the Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market, but that’s not all. In addition to taking in the bustling market with all of its delicious, beautiful and bountiful Arkansas-grown goodness, I’m also bringing you along to see the story behind the story with trips to local producers’ home bases: Barnhill Orchards and Bemis Honey Bee Farm. Come with me now for a first look!

AR PBS Sports – 2021 High School Baseball and Softball State Championships

Ready to play ball? Tune in May 20-22 for the 2021 Arkansas Activities Association High School Baseball and Softball State Championships on AR PBS Sports! See the schedule and learn more about our broadcasts of the 1A-6A state finals live from the Benton Schools Athletic Complex after the jump.

Camp Onomatopoeia Kite Festival – “Blueberry’s Clubhouse”

Ready to head back to camp? Go fly a kite! No, we really mean it: film yourself flying a kite you find or make and share it with us for a chance to be featured in the “Blueberry’s Clubhouse: Season 2” finale. Learn more about how you can take part in the Camp Onomatopoeia Kite Festival with Blueberry, Max and more after the jump.

“Quiz Bowl” 2021 State Champions

The 2021 Arkansas Quiz Bowl champions have been decided in the state conference finals held at Arkansas PBS, and we’re proud to celebrate these outstanding young scholars. See the final results and the faces of the brilliant players after the jump!

Teacher Appreciation Day 2021 – Thank You for Caring

We're celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day and you, Arkansas educators!Arkansas PBS Director of Education Sajni Kumpuris has a unique appreciation for caregiving in all of its forms, especially for the difference-making role of Arkansas K-12 teachers. Take a moment to hear her heart in a special thank-you post. 

“Donkey Hodie” on PBS KIDS

If you loved “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a kid, you can now share that love with your children in a new PBS KIDS series from Fred Rogers Productions, “Donkey Hodie”! Learn more about the puppet-based series for children ages 3-5 following the adventures of the original Donkey Hodie’s granddaughter after the jump!

Celebrating Expression — April Vlog with Clarice and Kwami

Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey discuss the season, current events and legislation across the nation and in Arkansas, National Poetry Month, and upcoming Arkansas PBS blackout poetry events in their April vlog! See it and join the discussion after the jump.

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