Pirates Care-A-Van stops at Ritchie Elementary


Some of the Pittsburgh Pirates made a stop in Wheeling on Wednesday.

The Pirates Care-A-Van was at Ritchie Elementary as part of their tour. The organization adopted the school as part of their Adopt-A-School Program, and donated thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies.

Members of the Pirates competed against students in a number of games for prizes. Even Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion from the Pirates Pierogis were there.

“This is a day our children will remember forever, and I just want to thank the Pirate organization,” Principal John Jordan said. “They love it, and the simplest things can make them happy. Just to come here and see the smiles on their faces is awesome.”

The goal of the Adopt-A-School Program is to provide much-needed aid to schools in the Pittsburgh -- and surrounding – areas.

Many of the students left with prizes from the event.

The Pirates visit around two dozen along the Care-A-Van tour.

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