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Put on your Mister Rogers Sweater for Public Media

It’s sweater weather again, public media fans! On May 1, 2015, for the second year in a row, we’re hosting a photo contest honoring the day Mister Rogers saved public media funding.

What exactly are we celebrating?

On May 1, 1969, America’s beloved neighbor and public TV icon, Fred Rogers, testified before the Senate to protect federal funding for public media. In response to big proposed funding cuts, Mister Rogers went before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications to ask to restore all funds. He passionately spoke of the need for the social and emotional education that public television provided. His testimony gave the gruff Subcommittee Chairman John O. Pastore “goosebumps.” Most importantly, federal funding for public media was restored and later increased, thanks to Fred Rogers’ heartfelt testimony.

How do you celebrate?

On or before May 1, 2015, here’s what to do:

Step 1. Pick out a Mister Rogers style sweater. It doesn’t need to be red. Any color or style will do.

Step 2. Put on the sweater and snap a selfie or ask a friend to take your picture.

Step 3. Click here to upload your new picture. Fill out the required fields and tell us why public media matters to you.

You can also submit your picture via social media on our Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #ItsABeautifulDay.

We’re going to showcase some of our favorite submissions on our blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Why celebrate?

In tough economic times, federal funding for public media continues to face funding challenges in Congress. Putting on your sweater in support of public media is a symbolic way of standing behind Mister Rogers’ historic testimony. It will show your lawmakers and neighbors that public media matters. Federal funding for public media is not just investing in our favorite programming. It’s investing in lifelong education that makes us smarter and better citizens, starting with our early learners.

So, get snapping & tell us why public media matters to you before or on Friday, May 1. If you need a little inspiration, check out Mister Rogers’ testimony in the video below.

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