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The importance of Phillips


A number of community partners worked to pull together a great day at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 on Saturday, June 28.  The event, a children's play and other activities for children, was held in conjunction with the festivities surrounding the American Eagle Outfitters Tour of Pennsylvania bike race held that day in the South Side.

The play included two shows and the children's activities took place throughout the day. 

Dr, Nancy Lardo, Phillips grandparent and Drama Club sponsor, wrote an original play titled “Pittsburgh Rocks 250.”  The play, performed by 4th and 5th graders, creatively celebrated many of Pittsburgh's firsts and finest.

Dr. Lardo and the children spent many hours preparing for this event and their hard work paid off.  The show was a huge hit and both showings were enjoyed by large crowds of parents, friends and community members.

The Riverset Credit Union donated resources and the services of many of their employees to help bring the project to fruition.  CitiParks provided the set, the costumes, and the tickets, as well as arts and crafts activities for the children.  The Hot Metal Faith Community set up and worked the “Kids Zone” activities on the school's recess area.  The South Side Local Development Company worked behind the scenes to help coordinate the event. 

All of these partnerships coming together in such a way are an important reflection of the school's importance to the community.  They are a true testament to what can be accomplished when people pull together to provide enriching activities for the children.  The school would like to sincerely thank all those who worked so hard to make this very special day such a success!       

Rodney Necciai

Principal, Pittsburgh Phillips Elementary School


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