September Celebrity of the Month – Mr. Rodgers

Picture of Mr. Rodgers

Fred Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 in Pennsylvania.  He died in 2003.  He was an educator, minister, and television host.  Fred Rogers was best known as “Mr. Rogers” from his television show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The program ran on television from 1968 to 2001.  Mr. Rogers began each episode by walking into his home singing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” while changing into sneakers and a zippered sweater.  Mr. Rogers would have visitors to the show.  He would also go to his “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” where a cast of puppets lived.  Mr. Rogers’ show focused on helping young children to love themselves and others.  It also tried to help children cope with childhood fears.  Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood won four Emmy Awards and Fred Rogers won an Emmy for his lifetime achievements.  One of Mr. Rogers’ sweaters (which were knitted by his mother) is on display in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed resolutions honoring Fred Rogers and his contributions to education.  In 2002, Fred Rogers received the Presidential Medal of Honor from President G.W. Bush for his dedication to education.

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