Happy birthday, Mr. Rogers!

March 20 would have been Fred Rogers' 86th birthday. In honor of his kind, generous, loving spirit, why not find ways to be neighborly in your every day life?

There are lots of ways to be a good neighbor.  Here are a few to get you started, courtesy of goodneighborstories.com:

  • Bring a treat to a neighbor or coworker
  • Donate time or money to a local charity
  • Smile at a minimum of five people
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Pick up trash on your street
  • Let the person behind you in line go ahead of you
  • Go through your closet and find several items to donate to charity
  • Share your umbrella with someone who doesn’t have one
  • Refrain from making negative comments for a week
  • Tell a teacher, police officer, nurse, mail carrier, etc.—how much you appreciate his or her service
  • Find out what item your nearest animal shelter needs, and donate it
  • Offer to babysit for free for a family you know
  • Write a letter to someone who made an impact on you
  • Leave your waiter/waitress/barista a generous tip
  • Offer to do some yard work for a neighbor
  • Look someone straight in the eye, ask them how they are, and then really listen
  • Organize a mini-food drive for the local food bank on your block or in your building
  • Set a goal to compliment at least five people today
  • Tell a teacher how much you appreciate him or her
  • Take a container of homemade soup to a sick friend
  • Plant a few flowers where others can enjoy them
  • Shop at a locally-owned business and find something encouraging to say to the owner
  • Write a few inspirational sayings on cards and leave them in public places for others to find

PBS Kids has 26 full-length episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood available online, along with games, songs, and rare clips from the show.  Check it out here!  


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