West Mifflin gathers to celebrate at Community/Curriculum Night
West Mifflin Area School District's Community/Curriculum Night at the middle school on Thursday was an evening of fun, friends, families, food and more.
The second annual event drew hundreds of students, community residents and local leaders and more than 70 vendors and community groups.
WQED documentary filmmaker Rick Sebak was among the evening's special guests. The Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot and Kenny Kangaroo from Kennywood also were in attendance.
Sebak, who made the program “Kennywood Memories” about the amusement park 25 years ago, noted that he neglected to mention that most of the park is in West Mifflin in the original television release of the video.
After the special aired, Sebak recalled, he received a letter from the borough telling him about his omission. Sebak said he corrected the error in subsequent versions of the film by adding the “high in the sky above West Mifflin” to his voiceover.
Sebak was invited to the event by Becky Cibulka, who teaches at the high school and Homeville Elementary, because he knows her through her online food blog Sabor PGH.
Food was one of the evening's many attractions. Tables with baked goods, hot dogs and other snacks were spread throughout the school. High school senior Kayla Andress had her frozen treat stand Soul Ice set up near one of the entrances to the building.
Andress, who created the stand last year as a business project and uses proceeds to fund scholarships, said the enterprise has grown. Last year there were two students operating the stand at various school sporting events; this year there are six.
Community organizations like the West Mifflin Baseball and Youth Softball leagues used the evening as an opportunity to register players for the season staring on April 20.
“It helps with the signups,” said the baseball league's Dan O'Connell, who estimated about 25 boys and girls grabbed registration sheets at his table.
High school biology teacher Veronica Mattson handed out about 20 registration sheets for the school district's family vegetable garden program, which is in its second year. The garden can accommodate about 20 families, she said, and is located behind the high school. Participants start their seeds in April and plant in May for harvests later in the summer.
“We're trying to get families with young children,” Mattson said.
Musical performances took place throughout the evening, including a sampling of the high school theater department's upcoming musical “Willy Wonka.”
Senior Alex Tkach, who is playing an Oompa Loompa in the show, was dressed as one of the green-haired characters, working the crowd with some of her co-stars.
“We're advertising,” Tkach said. “We're getting them psyched up for the show,” which runs March 15-17.
Candice Downs was among the many parents taking advantage of various school services offered at the fair, by gathering information about preschool for her daughters Jada and Taylor, ages 3 and 4, respectively. With the information at hand, Downs was guiding the soon-to-be preschoolers and their older sister Makala, 5, who is in kindergarten, to a face-painting station.
“It's all they've been talking about,” Downs said.
District Superintendent Daniel Castagna, who noted the entire evening was funded through donations from individuals and community organizations, said the district wanted to “create an evening outside the typical open house and parent/teacher night” when it introduced the program last year. “We wanted to give the community a reason to come together.”
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport firefighters recovering from stormy weekend
- Holiday tradition continues as Mon Yough Catholic students, Kane McKeesport seniors mingle
- Vigil walk to help finish Noah’s Ark
- West Mifflin not getting Verizon FiOS anytime soon
- High winds topple trees, knock out power across Mon-Yough area
- McKeesport groups reach out with holiday meals
- Glassport OKs $3.9M loan for civic projects
- Pittsburgh man held for trial on rape charges from McKeesport incident
- McKeesport middle school students get taste of crime-scene investigations
- Interest strong in redeveloping former Long Run Children’s Learning Center in White Oak
- Firearm owners organization supports gun restriction lawsuits