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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 22, 2018 11:15 AM
From: Representative Madeleine Dean and Rep. Joseph A. Petrarca
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution: Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
In the near future, we will be introducing a resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the beloved children’s program created by Latrobe, Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers that greatly improved the lives of generations of children.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood first aired on the National Education Television network on February 19, 1968, with Fred Rogers serving not only as host, but also executive producer, writer, composer, and puppeteer. The show ran for 895 episodes over the course of 33 years before its final episode aired on the Public Broadcasting Service on August 31, 2001.

Fred Rogers understood that a child’s earliest years are exceedingly important in laying the foundation for who and what they become in life. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught children vital skills such as cooperation, patience, sharing, and the ability to express their feelings and frustrations.

Mister Rogers encouraged the development of a healthy curiosity and imagination by teaching children how their favorite toys were made and through the Neighborhood of Make Believe.

Above all, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught children the value in being a good friend and neighbor, to develop an appreciation of others and the world around them—and most importantly, to feel safe, valued, and loved.

Please join me us co-sponsoring this resolution so that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives may honor Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness, education, love, and acceptance as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Introduced as HR724