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Phillips students had a busy February with outside field trips


Pittsburgh Phillips students in Abbie Whittingham's kindergarten class visited Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Station 24 on South Side., Students (from left) Nathan Waits, Xavier Brooks, Charles Alman, Max Szarrell, Bria Linton, and Lucas Prasad were among those who learned fire safety and had a tour of the station.

February may be the shortest month, but that hasn't stopped Pittsburgh Phillips students and teachers from making it one of their most exciting months yet.

The past couple of weeks have been filled with enriching field trips throughout the city and engaging assemblies at the school.

On February 12, both first grade classrooms, almost 50 students, attended the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's production of Peter Pan, at the Benedum Center. Although the performance lasted more than hours (quite the time commitment for a 6-year-old) the students and teachers had an amazing time, and truly enjoyed the performance.

The entire school also had the opportunity to engage with another great Pittsburgh cultural offering, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, when they attended an operatic performance of Little Red Riding Hood on Thursday, Feb. 25. This was many of the students first experience with the Opera.

Representative from the Opera Theater came to Philips for a school-wide assembly on Thursday, Feb. 18, to give an overview of the opera, and to let students know what to expect at the performance.

Pittsburgh has many great cultural offerings the Phillips' staff has been happy to take advantage of for their students. However, they realize the arts aren't the only thing Pittsburgh is known for, which is why students in grades three to five recently attended a field trip to Consol Energy Center to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins practice.

On Friday, Feb. 19 more than 130 students attended the outing to get a behind-the-scenes look at all the hard work needed to make a great team like the Penguins.

And last, but certainly not least, all Phillips Kindergarteners recently went on a field trip to the community's Fire Station, Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Station 24. Phillips' youngest students were given an exclusive tour of the fire station by the hardworking men who serve the South Side community as firefighters. They were able to see the firefighting equipment, got to sit in the fire trucks, and most importantly, learned about fire safety from real firemen.


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