Phillie Pha­natic makes re­turn visit to God­dard School

Beloved mas­cot joins com­mu­nity to­gether

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mon­ica Sager msager@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

GILBERTSVILLE » The Phillie Pha­natic made his an­nual ap­pear­ance at The God­dard School in Gilbertsville.

“The Pha­natic comes, and he goes class­room to class­room,” Di­rec­tor Michelle Lawrence said. “It makes us feel like a com­mu­nity.”

The Pha­natic has been vis­it­ing the kids for seven years now, ac­cord­ing to Lawrence. It started when a friend of Owner Sal­va­tore Boc­cella III of­fered. Boc­cella said he en­joys see­ing the kids’ smil­ing faces in an event that brings the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“It spi­ralled into hav­ing it an­nu­ally,” Lawrence said. “They love the Phillie Pha­natic.”

Lawrence added that the about 100 kids’ “faces light up” when the Pha­natic en­ters the room.

The God­dard School, at 2912 North Char­lotte St., Gilbertsville, brings other vis­i­tors for the chil­dren dur­ing the summer as well, Lawrence said. She men­tioned talks about en­dan­gered an­i­mals, bak­ing, jug­gling, and arche­ol­ogy.

“They were ac­tu­ally able to dig in the sand and find di­nosaur bones,” Lawrence said.

Tues­days and Fri­days in the summer are the school’s “Splash Days,” in which kids get to play and con­duct “ex­per­i­ments” with set-up sprin­klers.

Lawrence men­tioned a game where the kids had to pass wa­ter be­tween cups over their heads and see who “got the most wa­ter” in the end.

In ad­di­tion to these ac­tiv­i­ties, The God­dard School takes field trips through­out the summer. Lawrence said these in­clude to: Elm­wood Park Zoo, Alll Sports Cen­ter, Man­der­ach Park, and – their up­com­ing trip – to the Da Vinci Science Cen­ter.

The God­dard School tries to con­tinue the com­mu­ni­ty­ori­ented trips and vis­i­tors through­out the school year as well, Lawrence said.

“In Oc­to­ber we have the com­mu­nity helpers,” Lawrence said, adding that it “ex­tends” the stu­dents’ learn­ing.

This event in­cludes the ap­pear­ance of local fire fight­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers.

The God­dard School sys­tem is cen­tered around its motto of “Learn­ing for fun. Learn­ing for life,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site. The cur­ricu­lum is play-based and en­sures “that chil­dren from six weeks to six years old have fun while learn­ing the skills they need for longterm suc­cess in school and in life.”

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The Phillie Pha­natic vis­ited The God­dard School in Gilbertsville.

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