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

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – 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. For the second year, even the trash cans will bear witness.

Once again, Little League Baseball and the Williamsport-Lycoming Arts Council have partnered with classrooms of Lycoming and Sullivan county fifth graders to paint dozens of trash cans to be used during the Little League Baseball World Series, scheduled for Aug. 16-25 this year. Each classroom was assigned one or two of the 104 countries in which Little League is played, and the cans were to be painted with the general theme of “Around the World.”

Teachers were 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 were chosen by the Arts Council, led by Deb Burch, president, and Little League Baseball: First place (Philippines) went to Mr. Hawkins classroom at Jersey Shore Elementary; second place (Ukraine) went to Ms. Pagano’s classroom at Four Mile Elementary; and third place (Uruguay) went to Ms. Weiser’s classroom at McCall Middle School.  Ms. Brown’s classroom at Jersey Shore Elementary, received the Dugout’s Favorite Award for Israel.

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 7 p.m. game on Aug. 18 of the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series.  One lucky individual from each winning classroom will be chosen to assist in the ceremonial first pitch.

The trash cans were on display at the Susquehanna Valley Arts Festival June 1-2 at Penn College. Until the World Series, the trash cans will be on display at the Little League Museum. Besides the above schools, others taking part were: Nippenose Valley Elementary in Jersey Shore; Myers Elementary in Muncy; Carl A. Renn Elementary, Ashcar Elementary, and George A. Ferrell Elementary in East Lycoming; Sullivan County; and Central Elementary in South Williamsport.