PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster to visit Elizabeth City during N.C. Potato Festival

PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster to visit Elizabeth City during N.C. Potato Festival

April 25th, 2023

Museum of the Albemarle is pleased to announce PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Roadster Tour, which offers free playful learning experiences in a fun atmosphere, will visit Elizabeth City during the North Carolina Potato Festival. 

The event will kick off on Friday evening, May 19, 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., for families with exceptional children that will require registration through Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Now in its second year, the Rootle Roadster Tour provides a fun, inclusive and engaging space for all children and families. 

Attendees are invited to play and learn together through free hands-on activities, games, demonstrations with community partners, education resources, takeaways, and more.

Rootle, PBS North Carolina’s 24/7 PBS KIDS channel, is a trusted educational partner to families, caregivers, and educators across the state. In addition to sharing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), literacy, physical, social-emotional, and sensory activities, the Rootle Roadster Tour aims to build awareness of community resources and services from local partners who serve young learners.

“PBS North Carolina’s Rootle Channel brings learning to life in homes and schools across North Carolina. This learning is taking flight with the Rootle Roadster Tour,” says Lauren McDowell, PBS North Carolina’s Director of Children’s Media and Education Engagement. “Our Rootle team has the great honor of extending this learning to communities through each stop on the tour. And thanks to our community partners, we’re able to provide an inclusive day of exploration, learning and family resources.”

Rootle Ambassadors, committed community leaders working to reach early learners and support families with PBS KIDS–inspired engagement, will also be present.

“By bringing the Rootle Roadster to their home community, they can also meet their Rootle Ambassador, who are so knowledgeable about their community’s unique needs.” says Dr. Melissa Rihm Thibault, PBS North Carolina’s Chief Education and Innovation Officer. “The connections that children, parents and caregivers make at Rootle Roadster Tour stops are lasting.”

The Rootle Roadster Tour is made possible through funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS).

“We’re so excited to support PBS North Carolina’s outreach to families of young children across our state with the Rootle Roadster Tour,” says Ariel Ford, Director of the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. “We share PBS North Carolina’s commitment to supporting young children’s learning and growth by bringing playful, educational opportunities and resources directly to NC families and communities.”

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