Emily works at Piedmont Elementary, an inner-city school in Charleston, WV. The kids there are ethnically diverse and a great number come from poverty homes. In spite of those issues (and they are many), there are so many great things about the school. The staff generally want to be there (because you wouldn’t stay if you didn’t), and the principal has a passion for doing whatever is best for the kids. Piedmont is one of only a few year round schools in WV, thanks to the principal’s passion to serve the kids. Year round school gives the kids consistency and at least 2 regular meals year round.
Mr Knighton, the principal also knows a lot of people. Yesterday, one of his contacts delivered. Franco Harris of the famous Immaculate Reception and the Super Bowl-ring-heavy Pittsburgh Steelers was speaking in Charleston yesterday and had some free time. Mr Knighton’s friend was able to schedule some time for the Piedmont kids to meet Franco Harris and he delivered a talk on eating right, making wise choices, etc. The kids, none of whom were alive when Franco played football, enjoyed the talk and the chance to meet a football great! It was a great treat for the kids and the staff (who DO remember when he played!)
Emily was able to have Franco Harris sign my Steelers hat which has taken its rightful position on my pillow, right beside my head. He was very gracious to all the kids who had questions and wanted autographs as well. I absolutely dig it when sports stars come back to Earth and do great things for people who need it.
So what about you…do you have any autographs or stories of famous folks?