Students and staff at AIU-operated schools get surprise from Chick-fil-A, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

Students and staff at the three AIU-operated special education schools were recently treated to food and prize packs from Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh stores and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation!CFA Thank You

The day of festivities began bright and early on Feb. 24 with Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits delivered to faculty and staff before the school day.

Later in the day, the Chick-fil-A cow and Iceburgh joined forces to surprise students and staff again at Sunrise, Mon Valley and The Pathfinder schools. Students were given take-home meals, as well as a prize pack containing Chick-fil-A and Pittsburgh Penguins merchandise. Students were treated to pencils, bookmarks and a utensil carrying case, while teachers were offered Chick-fil-A tumblers and a pens hat.

“There was a buzz in the building we haven’t seen in a while,” Sunrise School Principal Lucy McDonough said at the conclusion of the event. Sunrise School students were surprised by the Chick-fil-A cow, Iceburgh and Sunrise mascot Sunny at the school playground following a fire drill. Students safely interacted with the three mascots, who were perched on playground equipment.

The day of events were a show of appreciation from Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh stores and the Pens Foundation toward students and teachers who have experienced a year of challenges like none other due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Penguins were thrilled to assist our partner Chick-fil-A, kickoff the Birds of a Feather Win Together promotion,” said Sarah Lynch, manager of Partnership Services for the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

“We were glad to help feed the students and staff of Sunrise School, Mon Valley School and the Pathfinder School yesterday, as well as distribute goodie bags compliments of Chick-fil-A and the Penguins Foundation.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for so many, especially kids and schools, and this initiative is a way to say thank you for their hard work and dedication,” she added.

Following the event, students wrote thank you cards for both organizations.

Thanks again to both the Pittsburgh Pens Foundation and Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh stores at Monroeville (Miracle Mile), South Hills and Pleasant Hills for a day our students and teachers won’t soon forget!