On Wednesday, May 22, SSA Junior School students enjoyed a special visit from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault and the Pirate Parrot to celebrate being the grand prize-winning school in the 2019 WTAE-TV Project Bundle-Up Fundraise the Jolly Roger competition. The Junior School's kindergarten class raised $4,645 this year through its annual Bounce for Bundle-Up service project, with those funds going to the Salvation Army's Project Bundle-Up to purchase new winter outerwear for disadvantaged children and seniors in Western Pennsylvania.
The visit included a 30-minute all-school assembly, where Brault played fun games with students and handed out prizes, answered questions and even showed off his singing voice - with the Parrot dancing and making the kids laugh all the while. After the assembly, Brault and the Parrot took a group photo with the kindergarten students and visited their classroom to thank them for their efforts, sign autographs and answer more questions.
In the Bounce for Bundle-Up project, kindergarten students work with their third grade buddies to practice dribbling basketballs during P.E. class. Family and friends pledge an amount for each bounce they think the child can complete in three minutes. On "bounce day," the third graders count how many times their kindergarten buddies bounce a basketball, and the students collect the pledge money for Project Bundle-Up.
Watch a highlight video of the Pirates' visit:
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