On June 29th, fans of the PBS Kids show ALMA’S WAY congregated in GPB’s atrium for a morning of community and learning. For those who haven’t had the privilege of watching the show, it follows Alma Rivera, a six-year-old Puerto Rican girl, as she explores her identity and culture with her family in the Bronx. The show teaches young kids to feel empowered and proud of who they are, as well as critical thinking, problem solving, and social-emotional skills. ALMAS WAY is available to stream on PBS Kids. 

As families waited eagerly for the screening of ALMA’S WAY to commence, a representative from the Fulton County Library System provided information regarding future children’s library events and issued library cards to families.  

The excitement was palpable as children of all ages anticipated the arrival of the day’s star. Soon enough, Alma Rivera graced the crowd with enough high fives to go around as she was met with sheer delight from her fans. A photo frenzy ensued until it was time to continue the morning’s proceedings. 

Once everyone was seated, the next special guest greeted the audience. GPB had invited Dr. Angedith Poggi, a professional in data analysis and statistics, to share her own experience with her Puerto Rican heritage. She shared memories from her trips to Puerto Rico to visit her family, how she practices her culture while living in Atlanta, and some of her favorite Puerto Rican foods. 

After the guest speaker, it was time for the screening to begin. The selected episode followed Alma on a trip to Puerto Rico to visit her family to celebrate her grandmother’s one-hundredth birthday. The episode was full of new experiences for Alma as she met relatives for the first time, learned more about her country of heritage, and solved the mystery of the lost Bomba Skirt. 

After the episode concluded, supplies were provided for families to create treasure boxes to store items of familial significance, just like Alma did with her Bomba Skirt. 

It was a morning of educational fun for the whole family. If you missed this one, don’t worry! There are more family events to come, just stay tuned!