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Sewickley Academy Kids Celebrate Special Centennial Birthday


Sewickley Academy kindergarten student Talon Ivy making a 100th birthday card for the last Tuskegee Airman.
Sewickley Academy kindergarten student Talon Ivy making a 100th birthday card for the last Tuskegee Airman.

The kindergartners of Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's oldest PreK-Grade 12 co-educational, college-preparatory and independent day school, made a chance encounter into a nearly schoolwide project as they helped a very important person in our nation’s African American history celebrate his 100th birthday. Mr. Victor W. Butler of Rhode Island, the last of the Tuskegee Airmen, will have 73 cards to open from the students of Sewickley Academy when he turns 100 years old on May 21, 2022.


Kindergarten student Talon Ivy of Monaca, PA, was having dinner at a restaurant with his family earlier this year when he spotted some men in uniform. The 5-year-old approached the group to thank them for their service, and in turn, one man removed an Airforce patch from his jacket and gave it to Talon.