Breaking NewsOh, this is so exciting I just have to tell you all about it. I’m Scoop the Cub Reporter from The Shady Pines Gazette and here’s some important news. A man known for kindness and decency is being honored with a big, Hollywood movie called, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. That’s like everyday in this small Southern town!

The movie is about a man and his wonderful, make believe world, where kids felt safe and loved. For years, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was the TV show kids all over the country couldn’t wait to see. The half hour program starred Fred Rogers and the characters from his neighborhood. And, just like Shady Pines Story Town, everyone who lived there helped children know how to get along with one another by being good people.

In the movie, actor Tom Hanks, plays the role of the real Fred Rogers in the motion picture. Here’s a little preview of the movie opening later this month. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Isn’t it wonderful to have good examples of people being kind and caring to share with young children? Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was a place where everyone was welcome and their feelings mattered. Here in Shady Pines, we try to live that same way.  All the human and animal characters in our neighborhood tell stories sprinkled with life lessons. These role models are different ages and have different backgrounds, but they live together and solve problems without anger or bullying.

In Shady Pines, we like to think we’re building on the tradition of kindness that Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood began. Our Founder, Mary Jane McKittrick, always says that our mission is to help children better understand and cope with the many issues of daily life. Some of those topics can be downright scary. By demonstrating the strength of a community that comes together to support one another, we hope to show things can get better.

In fact, you can get the first of our new series, Little Lessons. Big Results. Our first installment is a quick look at Honesty. And who better to lead that discussion than our very own mayor, Beauregard P. Fibbs. You can tell by his name he has to be careful not to “fiib” and only tell the truth! GO HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THAT.

Please take a moment and leave a comment below. Tell us how important you think it is that young children learn the life changing power of kindness.

-Scoop Out!