Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 10 Episode 2

Starting School (1)

Aired Unknown Aug 20, 1979 on PBS

Episode Recap

A wider shot of the model neighborhood bears the title "Mister Rogers Goes to School." Rogers brings a model station wagon and a model school bus to his television house. He takes both to the kitchen, where he has already set up a model house and model schools. Since some of his friends are starting school, Rogers takes viewers to the neighborhood school. He meets Mrs. Hartman, the kindergarten teacher, who shows him the kindergarten room. Rogers sits in her reading chair, spotting a book called 70 Things That Move on Wheels. Mrs. Hartman illustrates a "learning block" with all sorts of fasteners on one side. They observe the kindergarten's small kitchen and the bathrooms. Mrs. Hartman also directs Rogers to the school cafeteria. Back at the television house, Rogers tells viewers they will visit first grade tomorrow. He prepares for the NOM by fitting a cardboard school-bus front on the Trolley.
In the NOM, the Trolley is disguised as a school bus, to everyone's surprise. King Friday commissions Lady Aberlin and Handyman Negri to build a school in three days. It can be built anywhere, provided it is in the best place. They scout several locations at the NOM, mindful of the need for enough space to erect a playground. Dr. Bill reminds Lady Aberlin that children like to go off to school. That leads Lady Aberlin to suggest building the school at Someplace Else. Once there, Harriet says she is a certified teacher. The decision is made: Handyman Negri and Lady Aberlin will build the school at Someplace Else.
Rogers does not remove the Trolley's school-bus front at the end of NOM.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Good Feeling.
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