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Public encouraged to request ‘Rise and Shine’ activity packets to accompany Arkansas PBS summer learning series

Posted 15 Jul 2021

Series to help students gain key knowledge between school years continues;

week three features season premiere of ‘Blueberry’s Clubhouse’


CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Rise and Shine,” a fun summer learning broadcast series designed to help K-5 students gain knowledge that aligns with Arkansas academic standards, continues on Arkansas PBS weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Families and students across the state are encouraged to extend the learning with "Rise and Shine" Power Packets, free summer activity kits for kids printed in both English and Spanish.


Power Packets are available for download or can be requested to be mailed directly to homes, daycares, summer camps and more at


Additionally, “Rise and Shine” will feature the premiere of the second season of “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” Fridays, July 23-Aug. 13, at 9:07 a.m. each week. Produced in partnership with the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the original pre-K-2 children's program features Blueberry, a curious puppet guide, and her friends at Camp Onomatopoeia participating in fun, engaging and insightful summer activities across The Natural State. Season two of “Blueberry’s Clubhouse” will include adventures in art, science and history, while emphasizing the power of empathy.


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 two include:


Field trips for week three 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 programming is now available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. More information about the “Rise and Shine” program, including PDFs of the Power Packets to download and the request form to receive printed Power Packets by mail, is available at


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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 K11JW/D (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