In light of the tragic events that occured on December 14, PBS will be airing a special episode of Arthur, aimed to help children cope with tragedy.
The episode, about a fire in Arthur's school, airs Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 5:00 p.m. the episode beings on a normal day ... until a fire destroys the teacher’s lounge and forces Lakewood Elementary to close. This unexpected event finds the children dealing with a wide range of emotional reactions: Sue Ellen is devastated when her diary is ruined. Binky sees the frightening flames up close but tries to act cool. Mr. Read escapes a school catering job unhurt — but now Arthur is constantly worried about his dad’s safety.
As Arthur and his friends struggle with their feelings about the fire, they wonder if life will ever return to normal. But with the support of parents, teachers and community members, they discover that by reaching out and working together, they can help each other through the most difficult of times.
Also attached are resources provided by PBS for parents on how to approach and discuss the tragic events of Newton, Connecticut with their children.
"Helping Our Children Feel Safe"
"Talking With Kids About News"
"Crisis" Provided by The Salt Lake School District
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