New York State Broadcasters Association recently honored WXXI and Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System for their public service collaboration during a luncheon at Country Club of Rochester.
The two organizations received the “Serving New York” Award in recognition of their Be My Neighbor Day with Daniel Tiger, a day dedicated to hands-on learning activities, meet-and-greets with local community helpers and a visit from Daniel Tiger of PBS Kids’ “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”
More than 3,500 kids and their families attended Be My Neighbor Day at Central Library, which was hosted by WXXI, MCLS and Rochester City School District.
Families with young children spent the day meeting local community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers and community educators, to learn about what it means to be a neighbor. Over 25 community organizations and partner agencies, including RCSD, the city of Rochester and Monroe County, shared local information, free resources and ways to help families improve their health, safety, education, recreation and participation in the arts.
Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive; Daisy Algarin, city of Rochester’s director of neighborhood service centers; and Carolee Conklin, city of Rochester councilmember, presented a joint proclamation to WXXI President Norm Silverstein declaring the day Be My Neighbor Day.
This family engagement event was part of a national public media neighborhood outreach funded by the Fred Rogers Co.