‘Rise and Shine’ summer learning series concludes Aug. 12 on Arkansas PBS


All educational materials to be made available for classroom use following final week’s broadcast

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Rise and Shine,” educational programming designed to boost summer learning with curriculum-focused lessons that align with Arkansas academic standards, continues for its last week of season two on Arkansas PBS weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. through Aug. 12. All materials from “Rise and Shine,” which is produced in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education, will be made available for use by families, educational organizations and classroom teachers all year long.

"Arkansas PBS understands that engaging educational content extends beyond the summer," Arkansas PBS Director of Education Sajni Kumpuris said. "That's why we will continue to provide educational Power Packets of materials and the mini-learning segments through our digital channels and classroom-ready resources for Arkansas teachers to use in the new school year.

"We hope the students of Arkansas enjoy the last week of 'Rise and Shine' and continue to learn from this series for many years to come."

Families and students across the state are encouraged to download Power Packets – free summer activity booklets for kids that are created in both English and Spanish and designed to extend learning beyond the broadcast – at myarpbs.org/riseandshine.. Since the program began on July 5, over 45,000 Power Packets have been distributed to families and organizations reaching underserved children in 72 Arkansas counties.

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 five include:

  • Museum of Discovery in Little Rock to learn about Arkansas’s most misunderstood critters.
  • Logoly State Park in Magnolia to learn about the park and conservation.
  • Fayetteville Fire Department in Fayetteville to learn about the job of a firefighter and their equipment.
  • Loving Dog Training: Service Dogs in Cabot to learn what it takes for a dog to become a service dog.
  • Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in Wilson to learn step by step how to craft a coil pot and see some historical artifacts.

Field trips for week six will include:

  • Bull Shoals Cavern to learn about rock formations and explore the caves.
  • Arkansas State Capitol to learn from Rep. Carlton Wing about how laws are made.
  • Desserts Around the World
  • A Look into the Deaf Community with Jeremy and Whitney to learn more about hearing impairment.
  • Petit Jean State Park to learn about the park and the different sites to see.

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 B’s With Benji and Bart.”

Classroom resources from both seasons of “Rise and Shine” are being curated into digital collections that will become available throughout the school year, accessible through a dedicated website to be released the week of Aug. 15. These resources will include all Power Packets as well as the video lessons that have aired during the broadcast of “Rise and Shine,” with additional educational materials provided for each lesson.

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, is available at myarpbs.org/riseandshine.

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 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, 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.