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One boy's love of history led him to meet his WWII hero

After watching a special on Pearl Harbor on PBS, five-year-old Landon found a new hero: WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, Donald Stratton.

After watching a special on Pearl Harbor on PBS, five-year-old Landon found a new hero: WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, Donald Stratton. For his Christmas wish, Landon asked that he get to meet Donald.

The two finally met each other in Washington, DC, and became instant friends.

"I look at everything that Landon has learned from PBS and it's immeasurable...he is living proof of the effect that PBS has had on life," says Landon's mom.

In a 2016 survey, PBS KIDS ranked first in school readiness among children’s TV networks. When asked how well networks prepare children for school, 81% of parents said PBS KIDS helps a lot/somewhat, topping the next closest network by 11%.

Parents also credited PBS KIDS for more positive behavior exhibited by children after watching. PBS KIDS stands out as the most trusted and safe place for children to watch television and the best use of families’ screen time, according to the study.

two parents and kid watch tv After watching a special on Pearl Harbor on PBS, five-year-old Landon found a new hero: WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, Donald Stratton. (Photo: PBS)

In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines to help families balance media and everyday life, placing greater emphasis on the quality of the media with which kids interact, rather than the quantity, and pointing to PBS KIDS as a leading resource for educational programming.

PBS is committed to helping all children reach their full potential, engaging the entire ecosystem in which they learn — including their parents, caregivers and educators.

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