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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 myarpbs.org/riseandshine.
“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 myarpbs.org/riseandshine.
The six-week series will connect students with mini-lessons led by the following Arkansas Teachers of the Year:
- Susanna Post, 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, 3rd-5th grade math lessons.
- Joel Lookadoo, 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, K-2nd grade math lessons.
- Stacey McAdoo, 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, 3rd-5th grade host and K-2nd grade science lessons.
- Randi House, 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, K-5th grade literacy lessons.
- Courtney Cochran, 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, K-2nd grade host and 3rd-5th grade science lessons.
- Meghan Ables, 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, K-5th grade social studies lessons
Additionally, each weekday students will be taken on a virtual field trip with partners across the state. Field trips for week one will include:
- Bell Urban Farms to learn about the life cycle of a flower and the importance of bees and butterflies.
- Museum of Discovery to learn about the elements and unique properties of liquid nitrogen.
- Central Arkansas Library System to learn about things besides books that can be checked out from a local library and a quick craft.
- Arkansas 4-H to learn about hiking safety.
- Scott Family Amazeum to learn about candy.
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 myarpbs.org/riseandshine.
For photos of the program, visit bit.ly/NRPhotosArkansasPBS.
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 myarpbs.org/watchlive, 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 myarkansaspbs.org. 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 dese.ade.arkansas.gov.