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Local Students Have Fun At Pirates Education Day

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CRAWLEY Dave Crawley
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than 10,000 students from around the area turned out to cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday.

The annual Pirates Education Day included pre-game weather lessons at PNC Park and a Head-Over-Heels Bike Show.

The BMX acrobatic bicycle team dazzled the school kids on this very sunny day.

And speaking of weather, Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla shared facts and figures in the dugout with the help of KDKA-TV news video.

The students logged what they learned their workbooks. The answers could be found throughout the stadium.

Dozens of schools take part in the festivities.

“They come down here to have a good time, and we always go home learning something and hoping there’s a Pirate win today also,” said Zach Skrinjar, a teacher in North Hills School District.

When the bike show was over, the students got to watch the game while answering questions like the median distance of the outfield fences.

“It’s like just a different way of learning,” said Jessica Bowen, a student at North Hills Junior High. “It’s more fun because you’re up and moving instead of sitting in a classroom for like 45 minutes.”

“I think it’s just about getting kids out of their classrooms and learning different ways than normal,” added Stephen Hagg, of Moniteau High School.

On the scoreboard though, the kids would go home disappointed. The Bucs went on to drop a 3-1 decision to the New York Mets.

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