Check out Atticus Shaffer posing for Boot Campaign’s new Patriot League initiative!
The 17-year-old star of ABC’s The Middle teamed up to support the groundbreaking educational program, which is aimed at helping teachers and educators foster patriotism in classrooms across the country.
“Patriot League is an inspiring way to learn about our nation as a whole, to educate ourselves about the qualities of patriotism, and to understand what it truly means to be a patriot,” Atticus said in a statement.
In fact, it’s a free K-12 curriculum empowering teachers to promote patriotism through classroom involvement, dedicated lesson plans, and an introduction to charitable giving and community service.
The primetime television movie event will premier in November on Disney Channel, with a TV show following. The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands.
In the television series, while traditionally the Lion Guard has been comprised of lions known to be the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands, Kion breaks tradition by instead calling upon some of his friends — Bunga, a fearless honey badger (Joshua Rush); Fuli, a confident cheetah (Diamond White); Beshte, a happy-go-lucky hippo (Dusan Brown); and Ono, an intellectual egret (Atticus Shaffer) — who he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities.
Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape.
Th stories will also include special appearances by Kion’s deceased grandfather Mufasa, Timon the meerkat, Pumbaa the warthog, Rafiki the mandrill, Zazu the hornbill, and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands.
Sue (Eden Sher) gives her dad Mike (Neil Flynn) a cute hug during her graduation party in this new still from The Middle.
In “The Graduate”, As graduation approaches, Sue begins to think that “the year of Sue” may end on a sour note when a series of unforeseen events threaten to ruin her special day.
Meanwhile, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike are stunned to learn that Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is doing so well in middle school that he’s been offered the chance to skip eighth grade and go directly into high school; and as summer vacation commences, Axl (Charlie McDermott) sees some images of his girlfriend Devin on social media having fun with some guys back home and begins to think he may lose her.
“The Graduate” airs TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 13th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
In this week’s episode “The Walk”, Sue (Sher) gets several prom dates because she can’t reject anyone.
Meanwhile, Brick (Shaffer) wants to do an unusual book report and turns to Axl (McDermott) for assistance; and Frankie (Heaton) and Mike (Flynn) realize they’re more charismatic with other people than they are with each other.
The Middle stars made their rounds promoting their 100th episode, which aired that night.
“I almost feel like when I look back on this, I’m going to think, ‘This is the glory days.’ I can’t take this for granted. I feel like I’m being the high school jock in the moment, but I’m so aware that I’m in this amazing heaven place that I’m in a constant state of trying to absorb it all,” Eden shared with THR of the The Middle making it to number 100. “It is a unicorn of television [reaching 100]. It’s very surreal.”
Charlie added of his favorite episode, thus far: “I loved the life skills episode, which was last year. Axl and Sue had to do a class project together and Sue actually messed up, which is surprising and Axl stepped in to save the day. I wasn’t just making fun of her, which it usually is, and I don’t think that ever happened again or before. It was cool to be on the same side.”
Eden, Charlie and Atticus, along with on-screen parents Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, also stopped by SiriusXM and The View.