An important message from Arianna, a PBS Kid

This year, we’re asking for your help to raise $18,000 by November 27th. Give today to support SWFL kids just like Arianna.  Plus, you’re automatically entered to win a Daniel Tiger plush for the little PBS Kid in your life. So, what are you waiting for?

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Mister Rogers Thank-You Gift Packages Now Available

As Mister Rogers said, “Kids come first, now and always.” That’s why parents trust and turn to the PBS KIDS programming on WGCU. Become a sustaining member of WGCU and you’ll receive our coveted Won’t You Be A Sustainer thank-you gift packages filled with wonderful Mister Rogers goodies.



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Give today and you’re automatically entered to WIN!

Donate today and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Daniel Tiger Plush!

Little ones can cuddle, sing and play with this sweet Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Daniel Tiger 12″ Talking Plush. In his signature red hooded sweatshirt and matching sneakers, Daniel Tiger is made of soft, snuggly plush. The frontman for the TV show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, this cat says 14 phrases and sings “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” with just a press of his paw, instantly brightening anyone’s day. Kiddos will love holding, playing, singing and learning with this cute kitty stuffed animal. Ages 2 and up.

  • Soft and cuddly plush Daniel Tiger
  • Perfect for hugging, singing, chatting and playing make believe
  • Press his fuzzy paw to hear him say phrases and sing songs
  • Daniel Tiger measures 12″H
  • Batteries included (2 AAA)
  • Suggested for ages 2+


How to Enter

Every contribution made towards our Radio Uninterrupted pledge drive is automatically entered into the drawings, but no purchase or contribution is necessary to enter. Click here to enter without donating. Limit one entry per household. Incomplete entries are void.


The drawing is open to legal residents of the 50 states of the U.S., and the District of Columbia. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. This contest is sponsored by WGCU, 10501 FGCU Blvd South, Fort Myers, FL 33965. Employees, board members and advisory committee members of WGCU, its affiliates, and their respective household members are not eligible. WGCU volunteers may enter if they are not included in the above-named non-eligible categories. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

Selection of Winner

Winners for the various prizes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by deadlines for each of the prizes. Prize drawing will be conducted by WGCU using a random number generator. Winners will be notified by telephone and/or email within 24 hours of drawing. Winner will be announced on this web page within 24 hours of notification and acceptance of the prize. Every reasonable attempt will be made to award prizes. If after every reasonable effort has been exerted (three (3) attempts over 24 hours) to award the prize but the potential winner cannot be reached after 24 hours from first notification attempt, or the potential winner has refused to accept the prize, or if entrant is found to be ineligible, or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner awarded.

Odds of Winning

Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use winner’s name, hometown and likeness for publicity purposes without additional compensation. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail.

Limit of Entry

Limit one entry per household for each prize during the entire entry period. Multiple entries, if discovered, will be disqualified. By entering, entrants acknowledge compliance with these official rules including all eligibility requirements. WGCU is not responsible for failures in technology such as but not limited to: technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any website or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, or misdirected entries. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. Proof of submission of web form does not constitute proof of delivery.


Daniel Tiger plush

One (1) drawing will be held for each announced prize. All prizes are non-transferable. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. All taxes on the prizes, including but not limited to federal, state and local income and sales taxes, and any expense not covered herein (including but not limited to expenses related to the use of the prize) are the responsibility of the winner.

Other Important Points

Prize drawing participants, by entering, release WGCU, its employees and its agents from any liability with respect to the receipt or use of any awarded prize. WGCU makes no and disclaims all warranties, guarantees or representations, express or implied, concerning the condition, quality, or merchantability of any prize.

WGCU reserves the right to cancel this contest and not award any prize in the event that in its judgment unforeseen developments warrant cancellation.

WGCU recognizes and appreciates the importance of responsible use of information collected on this site. We will only use this information to contact you regarding membership and other contests, and we will send you our email newsletter. You may choose to opt-out from the emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in the email at any time. WGCU will not sell or otherwise distribute your email address to any third party.

If the prize amount is valued at $600 or more, and at least 300 times the cost to enter the drawing, WGCU will need to:

  • Obtain information about the prize winners
  • Report prizes to the IRS using IRS Form 5754
  • Notify the winners of this reporting
  • Withhold federal income tax on the prizes

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“It’s Okay to Get Mad” Helping Kids Express Anger Without Hitting or Biting

I remember the first bite. My kids had just entered a blissful stage where they could play together for stretches of time. I was quietly congratulating myself when I heard a 2-year-old’s howl of anger followed by a 4-year-old’s shriek of pain. The older sister ran over to show off the fresh teeth marks on her arm.

The cause? She had thrown her brother’s beloved stuffed tiger across the room.

Kicking, hitting, biting, throwing. It can be upsetting when our kids act out physically. It’s also normal. Little kids may feel angry, afraid or frustrated, but have limited language — so they often use their bodies to express themselves. Sometimes this looks like stomping feet or falling to the floor in the check-out aisle. Sometimes that looks like running away and hiding. And sometimes that looks like biting your sister when she takes away your favorite toy.

A big part of parenting is helping our kids understand their emotions and then respond in a way that does not hurt themselves or others.

It’s Okay To Get Mad

Everyone gets mad, sad and scared sometimes — and that’s an important message for kids to hear! It’s absolutely okay to feel what you feel. It is not okay to hurt other people. That language of “okay” and “not okay” is easy for kids to understand. It’s a clear, teaching message that doesn’t shame them or belittle them when they do make mistakes. For example:

  • It’s okay to be mad that your tower fell down; it’s not okay to throw blocks.
  • It’s okay that you are frustrated at your brother; it’s not okay to hit him.
  • It’s okay to be sad that you have to leave the park; it’s not okay to run away from me.

As the Daniel Tiger strategy song goes: “Stop, stop, stop. It’s ok to feel angry, it’s not, not, not ok to hurt someone.”

Offer Healthy Alternatives

A brilliant preschool teacher once told me that instead of saying “Don’t run in the hall,” she tells kids to “Walk with your quiet mouse feet” or “Let’s do our sneaky tip-toe all the way to the lunchroom.”  Instead of simply giving them a “don’t,” she gives them an appealing alternative!

To read the rest of the tips, check out the entire article by Deborah Farmer Kris.

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PBS Engages Communities With Free Resources

This #GivingTuesday, your gift will help WGCU make a difference for the nearly 50% of kids who don’t have access to high-quality preschool. With your help, we’re working to close the opportunity gap by providing free, research-driven educational children’s programming, anywhere and anytime kids want to watch. When you support WGCU you support all Southwest Florida’s kids.

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Preparing Kids for Success in School and Life

Every parent wants their child to start school confident and ready. That’s why parents trust and turn to the PBS KIDS programming on WGCU.

Show your support using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #SupportWGCU!

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