The Dec. 15 Saturday Diary written by Helen Pavchak Fallon and entitled "Clairton Is a Winner, Whatever the Score" left a valuable impression of how valuable a high school is to a community. We all can appreciate this today and realize how loyalty existed during the past generation when schools were the heart and soul of every neighborhood.
Helen is a graduate of Clairton High School and expressed with heartfelt words how much her school, and its state champion football team, is still the heart and soul of her hometown. I felt the sincere loyalty and the valuable bond that exists between school and community as I read of her proud memories. As she stated, you have to come from a town like Clairton to fully understand and appreciate high school years and the excitement that captured the entire town. Friday nights were special as the students and the whole town headed for the football stadium.
The town of Clairton has faced many challenges during the decline of the steel industry but maintained the strong bond that is so much a part of that community. Today we have seen the city of Pittsburgh closing high schools, thus taking away the bonding that will no longer exist between a community and its high school.
The town of Clairton can be proud for the loyalty it has for Clairton High School. Together year after year they are true champions and rank high displaying what it takes to be a winner in every sense of the word. Congratulations, Clairton, for setting a fine example of what it takes to be a winner. Thank you, Helen, for the heart-warming story of a generation that truly was a special one.