two puppets in classroom

NNPS-TV worked with NNPS’s Family and Community Engagement team again this spring to bring new educational programming to area students and citizens, this time a children's series specifically relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACE Specialist Deborah Pope-Johnson, better known as “P.J.,” has focused on reaching out to community partners during the pandemic and school shutdown. Since ordinarily partners from the community visit schools to teach and entertain students, P.J. has been procuring videos from those partners and providing them to NNPS-TV for airing on the school channel, which can be seen on Cox Channel 47, Verizon Fios 17, and via livestream on Roku and Apple TV, online at, and on the NNPS-TV app.


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There are three influences in a student's life: families, schools, and communities. We believe when they work together, students do better.

NNPS Visual and Performing Arts Supervisor Pat Franklin had obtained the rights to use a new series by Arts for Learning, which is the Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences, and was able to share it as part of the ongoing FACE partner video project.

Arts for Learning - The Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences

“To inspire and engage students IN and THROUGH the arts”  – in schools, community centers, and other public venues

Arts for Learning Virginia website

Arts for Learning Virginia Facebook page

The new series is called "Spread Kindness (Not Germs)," and it specifically relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Created, written, and directed by Aaron Kirkpatrick (Artistic and Education Manager for Arts for Learning) and voice actor Rob Holmes, the series uses puppets and different styles of music to show children how to deal with the effects of the pandemic and the emotions they are feeling.

Topics include wearing a mask, influencing others, positive thinking, and handling disappointment. The lovable characters display typical feelings of fear and anxiety, and learn to overcome them and feel better.

Each episode is around 5-10 minutes long, and there are 10 total. The shows will air on NNPS-TV through June 21.


NNPS-TV can be seen on Cox Channel 47, Verizon Fios 17, and via livestream on Roku and Apple TV, and on the NNPS-TV app.

The webstream may be seen online at anywhere that has internet connectivity.

There is also a livestream on the NNPS-TV video site.

NNPS-TV Program Guide