be my neighbor day

Hang out with Daniel Tiger at this weekend’s ‘Be My Neighbor Day’ events

Be My Neighbor Day photos by Renee Rosensteel courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions.

Daniel Tiger is known for echoing the caring message of Fred Rogers: Life is better when we connect with our neighbors and share kindness.

Since 2014, WQED Multimedia has worked with community partners in the Pittsburgh area to celebrate neighborliness and kindness through Be My Neighbor Day. This annual event encourages local volunteerism and gets families engaged in their community, while celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion.

mandatory credit: courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions
Be My Neighbor Day photo by Renee Rosensteel courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions.

“Be My Neighbor Day has celebrated the uniqueness of serval different communities through a kindness lens over the last 10 years,” says Denice Pazuchanics, program coordinator of the Ready to Learn Project at WQED.

This year, the fun happens in Canonsburg, where free family events will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join in a walking history of Canonsburg that leads to four different activity hubs: Frank Sarris Public Library at 35 N Jefferson Ave., ARC Human Services at 111 W Pike St., Canonsburg UP Church at 112 W Pike St. and the Canonsburg Senior Center at 30 E Pike St.

At each of the four activity hubs, you’ll find presentations about something meaningful to the community, Daniel Tiger-themed activities (and a visit from Daniel himself), along with the opportunity to contribute a page to a family journal that helps you identify and document your own family traditions.

mandatory credit: courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions
Be My Neighbor Day photo by Renee Rosensteel courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions.

“We are celebrating history, music, food, holidays and art at the different stations,” Pazuchanics says. “We are excited to have Daniel Tiger visit the Senior Center, local historians talking about the 4th of July traditions and local experts talking about the food traditions of the community.”

Venues will be decorated with posters created by more than 800 elementary schoolers from Cannon McMillan School District, highlighting why they love living in Canonsburg.

Families can also help create a piece of community art, which will be dedicated and displayed at the Canonsburg Senior Center, and decorate cookies to share with local first responders.

“It is exciting to bring Be My Neighbor Day to Canonsburg as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of these engaging community events,” said Paul Siefken, president and CEO of Fred Rogers Productions. “We are proud to work with both WQED and PNC Grow Up Great to help inspire kindness and connection in neighborhoods all over Southwestern PA.”

Find the Be My Neighbor Day website right here.