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Summer learning fun with ‘Rise and Shine’ kicks off July 6 on Arkansas PBS

Posted 29 Jun 2021

Families encouraged to request free companion learning packets available

in English, Spanish to extend learning beyond broadcasts


CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Rise and Shine,” an extensive educational program designed to make summer learning fun and offer K-5 students an engaging way to gain academic knowledge between school years, will kick off Tuesday, July 6, on Arkansas PBS. The six-week program airing weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. will feature lessons grounded in Arkansas academic standards and led by Arkansas teachers to reinforce learning in literacy, math, science and social studies following a year of schooling heavily disrupted by the pandemic.


Families and organizations are encouraged to request “Rise and Shine” Power Packets – free summer learning activity kits that follow along with the series – to help extend learning beyond the broadcast. Power Packets are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded or requested to be mailed directly to homes, daycares, summer camps and more. Both the request form for printed packets and PDFs of the activities can be found at


“Rise and Shine,” a partnership of Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education, will consist of national PBS KIDS educational programming, as well as more than 100 hours of high-quality, predominantly locally produced programming and resources available at no cost to families. The over-the-air broadcast of “Rise and Shine” will help fill the void for students who do not have internet access outside of school. The full schedule for week one – including hand-picked PBS KIDS episodes, teacher segments and more – can be found at


The six-week series will connect students with mini-lessons led by the following Arkansas Teachers of the Year:


Additionally, each weekday students will be taken on a virtual field trip with partners across the state. Field trips for week one will include:


Other special segments throughout the week will include science with “Robbie Rocket”; nutrition information with “Zach Lunch”; fitness through dance in “Time Out With Tay”; and Steve the Music Man literacy music videos.


In addition to broadcasts, the programming will be available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. A robust community outreach component will localize the effort in all counties. More information is available at


For photos of the program, visit


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 KETR (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