For many years, Miss Ann has been a much-loved and respected teacher during the museum’s annual summer Peace Camp. Last summer, COVID-19 prevented the museum from continuing the 14-year tradition of a live summer camp at our downtown Dayton campus. The pandemic made the idea of a live kid’s camp all but impossible.
Despite the setback and through a new collaboration with Dayton’s THINKTV-an an affiliate of the PBS television network, the museum teamed up to help create a six-part virtual peace camp that aired locally and later nationally. Each episode featured local and nationally-created live segments in addition to PBS Kids animation favorites like Daniel Tiger. The series was a hit in the Miami Valley and nationally, most notably through the Head Start program.
One of the program’s most-loved segments featured Miss Ann reading a children’s book aloud each day with the beautifully-animated pages alive on the screen. The program was such a success that the segments were added to the national program with the likes of fellow readers like Michelle and President Barack Obama and young poet, Amanda Gorman.
As the pandemic continues into this summer and live camp will again be delayed, we hope to see more PBS Kids and the Dayton Peace Museum virtual peace camp segments again this summer!