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Little League World Series Trash Cans Will Have International Look Again This Year

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 12, 2003) – The international spirit of the Little League Baseball World Series is always evident in August as children from around the globe gather in Williamsport for the world’s greatest youth sporting event. Even the trash cans tell the story. 

For the third year, Little League Baseball and the Williamsport-Lycoming Arts Council have partnered with classrooms of Lycoming County fifth graders to paint dozens of trash cans to be used during the Little League Baseball World Series, scheduled for Aug. 15-24. Each classroom was assigned one or two of the 105 countries in which Little League is played, and the cans were to be painted with the general theme of “Around the World.”

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the project into their curriculums so students could learn the geography, history and culture of their assigned countries. Students then painted the cans using themes from the lessons learned.

Three winners, announced today during the annual World Series Luncheon at Little League Baseball International, were chosen by the Arts Council and Little League Baseball: First place (Japan) went to Ms. Elion’s classroom at West Branch Elementary; second place (Mexico) went to Ms. Rice and Ms. Fortin’s classrooms at St. Joseph’s Elementary; and third place (Russia) went to Ms. Pagano’s classroom at Four Mile Elementary. Mr. Gibbon’s classroom at St. Boniface Elementary received the Dugout’s Favorite award (Chile).

All winning classes receive a pizza party provided by the Arts Council, as well as Little League souvenir merchandise and free admission to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum. Students from participating classrooms will be invited to take the field for recognition prior to the 8 p.m. game on Aug. 17 of the 2003 Little League Baseball World Series. One lucky individual from each winning classroom will be chosen to assist in the ceremonial first pitch.

The trashcans were on display at the Susquehanna Valley Arts Festival, June 7-8 at Penn College. Besides the above schools, others taking part were: Ashkar Elementary, Renn Elementary, Ferrell Elementary, Rommelt Elementary, Round Hills Elementary and St. Ann’s Elementary.