PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Students at Banksville Elementary School, decked from head to toe with Pirate Parrot hats and special No. 21 Roberto Clemente shirts, cheered for the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday afternoon.
They were part of a special Clemente Day celebration, where for the fifth year, Pirates players visited a Pittsburgh Public School and delivered $40,000 worth of school supplies.
Each student got a backpack and fitness pack stuffed full of goodies, including baseball gloves and jump ropes. And the school was given recess equipment, including bicycles.
“Today will be the best day because we are celebrating Roberto Clemente Day,” said student Jaden Lang.
“It’s really surprising and pretty awesome that the Pittsburgh Pirates came to our school because I am a really big fan of them,” added Brooke Bongiorni, a fifth grader.
The day celebrates the life and community service of Pirates’ Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente.
“You always have an opportunity to help others and when you have that opportunity, please take it. That is the lesson we take from the great Roberto Clemente,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly.
Clemente’s wife and children also attended the assembly.
“We are very proud to be here, very proud to see you wear No. 21 on your t-shirts,” said Clemente’s son.
“We are excited that Roberto Clemente’s family came today to celebrate with us and we have done a lot of pre-reading activities to learn about Roberto Clemente and his legacy,” said David May, the principal.
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