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Chartiers Valley students visit alumnus Peduto

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto shows off a plaque made for him by Chartiers Valley students during a visit to Peduto's office last month.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sits with students during their visit to his office.

A group of 19 Chartiers Valley High School students had a chance to meet and talk with one of the school district’s most well-known graduates last month.

The school’s Shaping of the Modern World class visited the office of Mayor Bill Peduto, a 1982 graduate, on Nov. 14 as part of an invitation extended to Bob Rodrigues, Peduto’s former teacher.

“This was a great opportunity for some of my students to see what a mayor does in running a major North American city and how a CV grad that walked the very halls that they walk daily has risen to such a position of importance,” said Rodrigues, who invited Peduto back to the school as a distinguished graduate last May.

The class visited council chambers and also met with Councilman Corey O’Connor, who talked to them about how business is conducted by council.

Rodrigues’ course focuses on how the world is shaped through history and humans events and the government’s role in the events.

During the visit, Peduto discussed the history of the city, as well as how he rose to the position he holds today.

“It was rewarding for the students to see someone who was close to his community as a developing young adult and now at the helm of a major city,” Rodrigues said.

The class came bearing gifts and presented Peduto with a pair of tickets to the school’s fall play and a custom metal nameplate created by students at the school.

Peduto said he was happy to invite his former teacher’s class and extended the same invitation next semester with a new group of students.

“There are certain people in your life who inspire you. And there are certain teachers who guide you on a career path,” the mayor said. “Bob Rodrigues was both to me.”

Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or [email protected].

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