City officials ring in upcoming school year with the Phillies

Philadelphia schools will begin before Labor Day this year.

Mike Dougherty
August 15, 2018 - 5:23 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time ever, the first day of school for Philadelphia kids will be before Labor Day.

School starts in less than two weeks, and some students were invited to Citizens Bank Park to hang with the Phillie Phanatic and get excited about returning to the classroom.

Superintendent William Hite wants everyone in the city to get involved.

"Ring a bell at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27," he said.

And he wants everyone to post pictures and videos on social media using #RingTheBellPHL.

"It can be a real bell. It can be a school bell. It can be a door bell," Hite added.

Mayor Jim Kenney believes this could be the best year ever.

"Thanks to the city budget passed this June by City Council, we're also in a better position financially to continue building on the district's recent progress," he noted.

Kenney added attendance is key. Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins agrees, saying there is no substitute for showing up every day and working hard.

"Relating it to baseball, if I'm not here each and every day, I will not be prepared when the game starts," he said.