Pretty good day for the city of Chester yesterday.
Yesterday morning, Major League Soccer announced that it would bring its All-Star game to the city’s waterfront on July 25.
The league’s best and brightest will assemble at PPL Park, in the shadow of the Commodore Barry Bridge, where the Philadelphia Union play their home games.
The game will undoubtedly bring an economic fusion to the city and region, and will also once again put the city in a national spotlight.
Then last night, none other than a teacher from the embattled Chester Upland School District was the guest of First Lady Michelle Obama and sat in her box for the State of the Union Address.
Sara Ferguson is a Chester native who has been a teacher at Columbus Elementary School for 21 years.
She was tapped by the White House because of her efforts – along with the other members of the Chester Upland Education Association – to remain in their classes despite the possibility that the financially ailing district might not be able to make its payroll.
Ferguson said her initial reaction on learning of the honor was “shock” at what she referred to as the thrill of a lifetime.
More than that, she wanted to deliver a message.
“I want everyone out there to know that I’m from the Chester Upland School District, but there are other districts suffering the same fate,” Ferguson said.