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International Family Night to benefit Pleasant Hills Middle School trip

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 10:46 p.m.
Mike Medved, a teacher at Pleasant Hills Middle School, will perform at the International Family Night. Submitted by MikeMedvedMusic/Pierce Marratto
Mike Medved, a teacher at Pleasant Hills Middle School, will perform with his band at the International Family Night fundraiser on Feb. 22. Submitted by MikeMedvedMusic/Pierce Marratto
International Family Night will help raise money for more than 600 Pleasant Hills Middle School students to take a field trip to Washington, D.C. Submitted by MikeMedvedMusic/Kristy Stricker

A night of international cuisine, games and music will help to raise money for a field trip to Washington, D.C., for Pleasant Hills Middle School students.

An International Family Night is set for Feb. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the school, 404 Old Clairton Road.

Admission is free. However, organizers advise attendees to bring cash for games and food.

“Every single one of them — all 680 will be going on this trip,” Principal Dan Como said.

The schoolwide field trip to Washington, D.C., is part of this year's theme at the school, which focuses on ancestry.

Each year, teachers select a unit on a different topic. Past subjects have included the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, crime scene investigations and the sinking of the Titanic.

For one week in April, all middle school classes will focus on ancestry.

Then, students will take a one-day field trip to the nation's capitol in May where they will visit monuments and a Smithsonian museum.

“This ties in to what makes our past so great,” Como said. “We're all different. We all have that individual background.”

Raising money to offset the cost of the trip is important, because it will be paid for on a per-student basis, Como said.

“For some people, that's OK. But we want to reduce the cost as much as we can so that everyone can afford it,” Como said.

Fundraisers helped to offset costs of a trip to Gettysburg in the last several years and students only had to spend $15, Como said.

The International Family Night will include a performance by middle school teacher Mike Medved's band, games and food, Como said.

“It's a family night,” he said.

Food will represent Italy, German, Mexican and Hungarian heritages.

The middle school parent-teacher association is helping with the event. Acting assistant Superintendent Hamsini Rajgopal, even plans to cook a traditional Indian dish for the night, Como said.

“There will be a variety of nationalities represented,” he said.

Officials have not yet determind the actual per-student cost for the trip.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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