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Arkansas PBS delivers more than 55,000 ‘Rise and Shine’ summer learning booklets

Posted 30 Jul 2021

Network distributing 9,000-plus Power Packets to families, organizations, schools each week

to help students gain key knowledge between school years

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS has delivered more than 55,000 summer learning Power Packets in the first four weeks of “Rise and Shine,” a six-week series of fun, educational programming designed to help K-5 students gain key knowledge between school years that aligns with Arkansas academic standards. The series continues on Arkansas PBS weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. through Aug. 13.


"Rise and Shine" Power Packets are free summer activity booklets for kids that are created in both English and Spanish and designed to extend learning beyond the broadcast. Since the program began on July 6, Power Packets have been distributed to families and organizations reaching underserved children in 132 cities in 59 Arkansas counties. Additionally, during the first week, more than 5,000 summer activity bags filled with writing utensils and educational activities were delivered with the Power Packets.


Families and students across the state are encouraged to download Power Packets at


Each weekday, students can tune in to “Rise and Shine” for lessons led by Arkansas Teachers of the Year and featuring virtual field trips with partners across the state. Field trips for week four include:


Field trips for week five will include:


Other original segments each week will include science with “Robbie Rocket,” nutrition information with “Zach Lunch,” fitness through dance in “Time Out With Tay,” Mr. Steve, the Music Man literacy music videos and “When I was a 5th Grader” animated shorts.


In addition to broadcast, the original Arkansas PBS educational programming is available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. Families can also subscribe to the “Rise and Shine” playlist with content for K-5 students aligned to Arkansas academic standards at More information about the “Rise and Shine” program, including PDFs of the Power Packets to download, is available at


For photos of the program, visit


About “Rise and Shine”

Consisting of more than 100 hours of high quality programming including mini-lessons from Arkansas Teachers of the Year, “Rise and Shine” segments are grounded in the learning targets provided by the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. With over 15 original songs, five original digital shorts, more than 30 field trip segments and dozens of mini-lesson segments featuring Arkansas teachers, much of “Rise and Shine” is locally produced. Also available are supplemental printed learning activities in both English and Spanish.


About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado) and KETS (Lee Mountain).


About Arkansas Department of Education

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is a division of the Arkansas Department of Education which provides leadership, support and service to schools, districts and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement. For more information, visit