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WAEC students celebrate 1-4-3 Day with Paws Along The River

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Warren Area Elementary Center students in several first grade classes collected items for the animals housed at Paws Along The River Humane Society in Warren. The collection was done as a way to observe 1-4-3 Day. Governor Tom Wolf recently proclaimed May 23 as “1-4-3 Day” in Pennsylvania in honor of Fred Rogers’ favorite number.

Fred Rogers once said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

On a day recently designated to honor Mister Rogers and his message of caring for others, a group of young students became what Rogers called heroes.

Several first grade classes at Warren Area Elementary Center collected donations for Paws Along the River as a way to show the animals some love.

Paws Along The River Humane Society is a non-profit organization. The main source of income comes from adoptions, donations and fundraisers.

First grade teacher Lori Murphy said she was very pleased with the amount and variety of items the students collected in a short period of time.

The animals at the center will soon receive new collars, toys, food, treats and lots of daily supplies needed for their care.

In addition to doing something kind for the animals, the students also watched a video of Mr. Rogers explaining 1-4-3 to Mr. McFeely in order to understand the significance of their actions, according to Murphy.

Governor Tom Wolf recently proclaimed May 23 as “1-4-3 Day” in Pennsylvania in honor of Fred Rogers’ favorite number. Wolf issued a challenge to all Pennsylvanians to show neighbors more kindness to one another.

Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers, best known as Mister Rogers, regularly used 1-4-3 as a way of saying I-Love-You throughout his life and on his television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His reference was to the number of letters in each word: 1-4-3. May 23 is the 143rd day of the year. Rogers died on Feb. 27, 2003.

“I am proclaiming the 143rd day of the year as ‘1-4-3 Day’ to encourage acts of kindness and honor Fred Rogers, who served as an inspiration to millions of Pennsylvanians and people around the world,” said Gov. Wolf. “We know Pennsylvanians are grateful for and do good deeds for their neighbors every day. It’s one aspect that makes our commonwealth such a great place to live, work and to visit. 1-4-3 Day is a recognition and celebration of those collective efforts, and we hope it inspires even more acts of kindness.”