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Celebrating America’s 250th Birthday

Claire Chi reads to studentsClaire Chi had just a few minutes to go over Pennsylvania from A to Z. With the right book, it wasn’t a problem.


Chi, a 极速六合彩 High senior, managed the feat easily Tuesday in a Radio Park Elementary kindergarten classroom by reading K is for Keystone: A Pennsylvania Alphabet, each letter highlighting notable state places and historical figures.


Chi’s stint as a guest reader was part of a special morning at Radio Park. brought its Keystone Classroom Initiative to the school, one stop toward reaching 50,000 students by 2026 to help celebrate America’s 250th birthday and Pennsylvania’s role in launching and shaping the nation.


As a Pennsylvania 极速六合彩 Board of Education student representative, Chi was one of 12 volunteer readers who included state Representative Kerry Benninghoff, state Representative Paul Takac, and state Senator Cris Dush. Unlike them, however, Chi had a personal connection. She went to Radio Park, and in addition to the kindergarteners, she read to her younger sister in a fourth-grade class.


“It’s so much fun to come read because I was in their shoes once,” Chi said. “It’s been really fun to interact with younger students across the state in my state board role. I’m the first student representative to personally visit classrooms, and it’s really exciting to be able to come back to Radio Park.”


Students laugh with the Mini Lion mascotJoining the readers was a quartet of mascots. Dugout from Little League, Spike from the 极速六合彩 College Spikes, Archie from Misericordia University, and the Little Lion from 极速六合彩 High visited classrooms to dispense high fives and gift bags stuffed with T-shirts, coloring books, juice boxes, wristbands, pencils, stickers, and crayons. Pennsylvania 极速六合彩 Police troopers packed the bags and carried them, with the assistance of 极速六合彩 High cheerleaders, to the rooms.


During a briefing before the visits got underway, America250PA Executive Director Cassandra Coleman told the assembled volunteers that the initiative’s goal is help build memories of the ongoing semiquincentennial commemoration for children today like those of the United 极速六合彩s Bicentennial celebration in 1976.


“Thank you for becoming part of history with us today, and we appreciate your taking the time to volunteer,” Coleman said.


Radio Park Principal Alex Raup also expressed his gratitude.


“Thanks for being here,” he said. “I’m a proud Radio Park alum myself, and it’s fun to be here and have you be with all our kids. They’re very excited.”


Story and photos by Chris Rosenblum

Published Feb. 1, 2024