Reporting Sarah Arbogast
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s not every day you see a black stretch limo pull up in front of your school, but this was the scene at Sloan Elementary in Murrysville Wednesday morning.
Inside the stylish ride – 9-year-old Shannon Bassett, her family and Pittsburgh Penguin Pascal Dupuis.
“I was excited and a little bit nervous,” said Bassett.
The second grader took Dupuis to her classroom to meet her fellow classmates. And they had plenty of questions for the famous Penguin, including when he started skating and how he feels about the team’s cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Flyers.
After the question and answer session, it was story time in the gym. The book, of course, was about hockey.
“Me, a French-speaking guy, reading a story for the kids was a little different, but it’s been a great morning for me,” said Dupuis.
Talk about being lucky, Bassett entered a contest on Verizon’s website back in March, and she beat out more than 1,000 other applicants for the big prize.
“I honestly didn’t not believe it at first, when I got the call stating that Shannon had won the contest,” said Cristen Bassett, Shannon’s mom. “I actually questioned the woman on the phone, ‘Mary, from Verizon?’ I’m like “Really, honestly?’”
It’s a day Bassett’s family and friends won’t forget.
As for Dupuis, he says he looks forward to events like this.
“I have four kids myself, so I love being around kids,” he said. “I love teaching them stuff or just answering questions or making them smile.”