A Stamp with Roberto Clemente's Picture

Roberto Clemente Was a True Hero, in More Ways Than One…

Roberto Clemente was born in Puerto Rico in 1934. He came to America to play baseball and became one of the best players of his generation. As a star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he led the National League in batting four times and was named Most Valuable Player in 1966. And, he was the first Latin-American player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1972, Clemente got his 3,000th hit. That same year, he boarded a small plane in Puerto Rico. The plane was heavily loaded with supplies intended for survivors of an earthquake in Nicaragua. But the plane crashed shortly after takeoff. Roberto Clemente died while trying to help people who couldn’t help themselves.

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, you can still appreciate the way that Roberto Clemente played the game of life. He made his world a better place, which means that he was an all-star on the field and off.

Bright Ideas

Always Follow Your Conscience!

You must be governed by your own judgment.
Martha Washington

A clear conscience is a continual Christmas.
Ben Franklin

Never do anything against your conscience.
Albert Einstein

Always keep alive that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
George Washington

Nifty Fifty

About the Home State of the Pittsburgh Pirates: Pennsylvania

It’s a Fact: The capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg.

It’s a Fact: The biggest city in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is the second biggest city in Pennsylvania.

It’s a Fact: Hershey, Pennsylvania is called “ChocolateTown, USA” because that’s where they make Hershey’s candies.

It’s a Fact: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is also the home of the famous American symbol of freedom: the Liberty Bell.

It’s a Fact: Ben Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, which was the very first zoo in America.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: The capital of Italy is Rome. Rome is also the largest city in Italy and one of the oldest cities, too. It was founded about 2,800 years ago!

Fun Fact: Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. It is so big, in fact, that it contains over twice the amount of matter as all the other planets combined!

Fun Fact: The biggest state in the United States is Alaska, but relatively few people live there. In fact, only two states have fewer people: Vermont and Wyoming.

Fun Fact: The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867. The U.S. paid about 7 million dollars, which seemed expensive at the time. Today, we realize that the purchase of Alaska was a huge bargain!

Fun Fact: Alaska is over twice the size of the next-biggest state, which is Texas.

Fun Fact: The sun is a star, like the other stars you see at night. But, the sun is much, much brighter because it’s much, much closer. If you shined a light at the next nearest star, it would take over four years for that beam of light to arrive there.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Was Roberto Clemente born in Cuba or Puerto Rico?
He was born in Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory. That means that Roberto Clemente was a natural-born United States citizen.
Is the capital of Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or Harrisburg?
Which planet is bigger: Jupiter or Saturn?
Jupiter is the biggest planet by far.
Which state is bigger: Alaska or Texas?
Alaska is the biggest state and Texas is the second biggest. By the way: the third biggest state by area is California.
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of ideas you can choose from.

Idea #1 You can write a story about Roberto Clemente’s life, his service, and his accomplishments.


Idea #2: You can write a story about helping other people. For some interesting quotes about that, click here.

To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.

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