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COLUMBUS, OHIO, FEBRUARY 16, 2022 – WOSU Classroom, the education division of WOSU Public Media, will host free, in person and virtual community events in celebration of Daniel Tiger’s Be My Neighbor Day during the first two Saturdays of March. The events are supported by PNC Grow Up Great® and in partnership with the Van Buren Center, part of the YMCA of Central Ohio’s network.

The back-to-back Saturdays of fun kick off with a book donation and character meet-and-greet from 9am to noon, March 5. Kids and families are welcome to visit the WOSU headquarters, located at 1800 N. Pearl St., to pick up an activity kit, donate children’s books to benefit the Van Buren Center and take a photo with Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS.

“We are excited to have Daniel Tiger’s Be My Neighbor Day bringing joy to neighbors across Central Ohio in environments where parents and caregivers are most comfortable,” said Mary Auch, PNC regional president for Columbus. “PNC knows birth to age 5 is such an important time in a child’s development. Supporting Daniel Tiger’s Be My Neighborhood Day offers children and caregivers an invaluable opportunity, whether it’s virtual or in person, to access programming and resources to help them succeed in school and in life.”

“Our regional presidents and client and community relations teams in these markets did an incredible job of transitioning Be My Neighbor Days from the large-scale community events they’ve normally been to a wide variety of creative virtual ideas,” said Sally McCrady, president of the PNC Foundation. “We’re excited to have them continue bringing joy to neighbors across PNC’s footprint in 2022.”

Then, Daniel Tiger’s Be My Neighbor Day goes virtual at 10am, March 12, via Zoom. The event will feature fun-filled activities for the whole family.

“Community events like Be My Neighbor Day build on the values and themes young children learn from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and other educational programming from PBS KIDS,” said Amy Palermo, chief content director, WOSU Classroom. “We are pleased to provide these opportunities to promote local volunteerism, family engagement and community development and can’t wait to welcome families into our beautiful new headquarters building.”

The book donation and character meet-and greet and virtual Daniel Tiger’s Be My Neighbor Day are free, but advance registration is required. If you can’t make either event, you can still support the important work of the Van Buren Center by donating children’s books online or by dropping them off at the WOSU headquarters. Visit wosu.org/danieltiger for more information and to register for these events.

About PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. For more information, visit pncgrowupgreat.com.

About the Van Buren Center
The mission of the Van Buren Center is to provide safe emergency shelter to individuals in our community experiencing a homeless crisis. The programs and services available connect these individuals with the resources and support they need to resolve their housing crisis.

About WOSU Classroom
WOSU Classroom, a part of WOSU Public Media, offers a wide variety of in-person and online professional learning opportunities suitable for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. Courses are offered for educators wishing to extend their knowledge and experience with technology integration. Learn more at wosu.org/classroom.

About WOSU Public Media
The mission of WOSU Public Media is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. An NPR and PBS affiliate licensed by The Ohio State University, WOSU is a noncommercial multimedia organization serving over two million citizens in Central Ohio through broadcast, digital, programming, public engagement and education experiences. Learn more at wosu.org.

CONTACT:
Amy Tillinghast
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
1800 N. Pearl Street | Columbus, OH 43201
amy.tillinghast@wosu.org | 614-688-2166 | wosu.org