PICTURE CAPTION: Fifth- grade students from Main Street Elementary School pose for a picture with Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams and Duane Lee (Recreation Manager) after winning the city’s 2019 Heritage Bowl on Monday, February 4.



Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                                           



Date: Monday, February 4, 2019                                                                        

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  


contact: Aigner Cleveland

Press Secretary




Main Street Elementary School Wins City of Chester’s 2019 Heritage Bowl


(CHESTER, PA) – Main Street Elementary School edged out Stetser Elementary School to earn the 2019 Heritage Bowl Champion title on Monday, February 4, 2019.


A team of three fifth-grade students from Main Street faced off against eight sixth-grade students from Stetser during an hour-long jeopardy-style competition that focused on facts surrounding African American history.


The students were quizzed inside of Council Chambers in front of their peers, school advisors and City of Chester officials.


Duane Lee, Manager for the city’s Recreation Department served as the Emcee for the event and provided the students with game instructions throughout the competition.


At one point during the event, Main Street held a 10-point lead over Stetser. However, after both teams missed answering several questions, Main Street reached 20 points and championed through to victory by correctly answering the question, “Along the Underground Railroad, a safe house of temporary refuge was known as what?”


The final score: Main Street Elementary School (20), Stetser Elementary School (16).  



About the Heritage Bowl:

This is the sixth consecutive year, the City of Chester’s Department of Parks and Recreation has hosted the Heritage Bowl at Chester City Hall. Under the direction of Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams, the event was created as a medium to encourage healthy competition for local grade school children during Black History Month.


To prepare for the competition, the students were given a 50-page study guide one month prior to game day.   The study guide consisted of facts that included key dates, inventions and notable figures concerning African American and City of Chester history. 


The Heritage Bowl trophy will now live at Main Street Elementary School until next year’s competition. All students who participated in this year’s game received a participation medal for their hard work and dedication.


All attendees were treated to lunch.