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PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” Program Poetry & Art Begins

This February, our fourteenth year of place-based education programs with twelve Pittsburgh Public Schools continues, with four Pittsburgh Public Schools participating in PHLF’s Poetry & Art tour on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.  We will also share our Portable Pittsburgh Artifact Kit with PPS Roosevelt and Dilworth students.

PHLF is able to offer these field trips and in-school activities for the Pittsburgh Public Schools through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This year, Dollar Bank donated $5,000 to support this program, in addition to corporate sponsors from 2019:

  • First National Bank of Pennsylvania,
  • Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company,
  • Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.,
  • Maher Duessel, CPA,
  • PNC Bank,
  • The Buncher Company, and

This program also receives foundation support from:

  • The Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and
  • The McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

The students involved in “Building Pride, Building Character” tours and enrichment activities have a chance to know their city better, and through knowing, to care about it more.

During Poetry & Art, students tour CMU’s campus, drawing inspiration from architectural details and using them to jumpstart their own creative work. After exploring the campus, students create original poetry compositions as well as charcoal artwork.

Portable Pittsburgh––an in-school presentation––shares Pittsburgh’s rich past through REAL artifacts! Over thirty mystery artifacts are given to students for them to guess their use and place in time. After examining each artifact, students discover Pittsburgh’s history as told through each artifact. Pre-historic tools, minerals such as coal and limestone, 20th century children’s clothing, and Heinz ketchup bottles all combine to bring Pittsburgh’s architecture and history to life.

To view highlighted pictures from past EITC program years, click HERE.

­­These successful programs are always in need of corporate support! To contribute to PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” (BPBC) EITC program, please click HERE.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633