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Be more like Mister Rogers on ‘1-4-3 Day’

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
This image released by Focus Features shows Fred Rogers on the set of his show "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" from the film, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor." The film was not nominated for an Oscar for best documentary.

What might be your act of kindness today?

Gov. Tom Wolf encouraged residents to participate in an act of kindness for “1-4-3 Day,” a day honoring Pennsylvania’s kindest native son, Fred Rogers. May 23 is the 143rd day of the year.

“I’m challenging all Pennsylvanians to use (Thursday) to exhibit the type of neighborly kindness Fred Rogers sought to spread around the world,” Wolf said in a statement. “Pennsylvania is a commonwealth rooted in kindness and generosity, and this is our day to show the world the positive impact that neighborliness can have.”

Rogers, best known as Mister Rogers from his beloved television series on WQED-TV, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” regularly used 1-4-3 as a way of saying “I love you” throughout his life. He referred to the number of letters in each word: 1-4-3.

Here are some things planned for Thursday:

First Lady Frances Wolf will read “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” an illustrated collection of Fred Rogers’ poetry and song lyrics, to students at Alexander Goode Elementary School in York.

Second Lady Gisele Fetterman, wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, will volunteer at Free Store 15104 in Braddock, which recycles surplus and donated goods to neighbors in need.

To celebrate 1-4-3 Day, state agencies plan to engaged acts of kindness and friendship.

The Pirate Parrot and Phillie Phanatic – who are rivals, but not on this day —- released a video demonstrating acts of kindness. The song featured in the video, “It’s a Beautiful Day,” was donated by artist FRZY who composed it to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.

The ride-share company Lyft, Inc. will provide Pittsburgh Cares volunteers rides for a total of $1.43. Pittsburgh Cares is a nonprofit organization in Western Pennsylvania that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to affect positive change in our communities.

Eat’n Park Restaurants, which celebrate 70 years on June 5, are paying for parking from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday for visitors to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville.

“Fred Rogers was a dear friend to Eat’n Park. He was personally involved in guiding our restaurants in the way we respect and involve kids and families,” Trina DeMarco, director of community impact, Eat’n Park Restaurants, said in a statement. “Celebrating 143 Day by being a good neighbor to families is a small way we can honor the kindness of Mr. Rogers. For 70 years, Eat’n Park has been creating smiles, and we hope on 143 Day we can create a smile for those who may need it most.”

Residents are also encouraged to use #143DayInPA on social media posts to share and help spread the movement.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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