‘Rise and Shine’ summer learning program available through multiple digital platforms from Arkansas PBS


Week one of the summer series to help students gain key knowledge between school years now available on demand

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Season Two of “Rise and Shine,” a series of fun, educational programming designed to help K-5 students gain knowledge and boost summer learning between school years, continues on Arkansas PBS weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first week of the new season is now available on demand at myarpbs.org/riseandshine, and families can also subscribe to the “Rise and Shine” playlist at https://bit.ly/s2riseandshineplaylist

“Being a part of Arkansas ‘Rise and Shine’ has been such a fun part of my summer,” 2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Jessica Saum said. “Our students have the amazing opportunity to have their learning extended while being taught by multiple Arkansas Teachers of the Year.

“I have seen firsthand the joy and value that this programming brings into the homes of students in Arkansas through the eyes of my children. It is truly an honor to be a part of ‘Rise and Shine,’ and I look forward to its continued success.”

Families and students across the state are encouraged to extend the learning with "Rise and Shine" Power Packets, free summer activity kits for kids created in both English and Spanish. Power Packets are available for download, and weeks 4-6 can be requested to be mailed directly to homes, daycares, summer camps and more at myarpbs.org/riseandshine.

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 one include:

  • Little Rock Zoo to learn about snakes.
  • Petit Jean State Park to learn about the history and sites to see at the park.
  • Arkansas Travelers to learn about all of the different jobs that it takes to make a baseball game work.
  • Little Rock Rangers to learn about how to be a great fan for the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club.
  • City of Conway Recycling to learn about the importance of recycling and where does our trash go.

Field trips for week two will include:

  • Yoga with instructor Jo Ann Camp teaching basic yoga poses and why yoga is important.
  • Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs to learn about the new dinosaur exhibit and conduct an experiment.
  • Klipsch Museum of Audio History in Hope to learn about Paul Klipsch and speakers throughout history.
  • Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock to learn step by step how to make a pottery vase.
  • Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff to learn about the history of and some interesting facts about the railroad.

Other special segments throughout the week will include science with "Wendy Weather Balloon,” nutrition information with “Zach Lunch,” Mr. Steve, The Music Man music videos, “When I Was a 3rd Grader” animated shorts and spelling practice in “Spelling Bs With Benji and Bart.”

In addition to broadcast, the programming is available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website.

For photos of the program, visit myarpbs.org/riseandshinephotos.

About “Rise and Shine”

Consisting of more than 90 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 original songs, 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, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch, 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), KETS (Lee Mountain) and KETS (Forrest City).

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.