Gov. Wolf Commends Effort to Share Kindness on “1-4-3 Day”
May 24, 2019
Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf commended Pennsylvanians for their enthusiastic support of “1-4-3 Day,” which was held yesterday, May 23, 2019, the 143rd day of the year. The day was held in honor of Fred Rogers, who used the numbers 1-4-3 to represent the letters in the words “I love you.”
“I issued a challenge to Pennsylvanians to rise up and show kindness today, and I am very happy with the results,” said Gov. Wolf. “We showed what Pennsylvania is all about – kindness, generosity and neighborliness.”
By Friday morning, the “Kindness Tracker” on pa.gov/143-day had tallied more than 16,000 good deeds. The number tracked Pennsylvanians tweeting out acts of kindness using #143DayinPA.
Good deeds done by Pennsylvanians range from giving compliments and buying coffee to collecting nonperishables for a local food bank and donating platelets.
• First Lady Frances Wolf read “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” an illustrated collection of Fred Rogers’ poetry and song lyrics, to students at Alexander Goode Elementary School, York.
• The City of Pittsburgh placed “No Hate Any Time” and “Kindness Zone” signs throughout the city.
• Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera served lunch to children at Greater Latrobe School District, Fred Rogers’ alma mater.
• Eat’n Park celebrated 1-4-3 Day by paying for parking for visitors of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
• Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine visited children at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville.
• Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller prepared meals at the Central PA Food Bank
• Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn read books to children at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh.
• The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh gave away free tickets to Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Marjorie Prime.
• The Department of Aging celebrated 1-4-3 Day with grandparents and schoolchildren in York County.
• The Pittsburgh Symphony gave away tickets to its performances.
• Reentrants from the Wernersville Community Corrections Center prepared Adamstown Borough’s community pool for its opening day.
• The Department of Community and Economic Development volunteered at the Bethesda Mission and made a donation to the Central PA Food Bank.
Activities for 1-4-3 Day spread beyond Pennsylvania’s borders. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sent a letter to The Roanoke Times thanking farmers. The state of New Jersey tweeted a thank you to Pennsylvania for being a good neighbor.
For an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Fred Rogers, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office invites travelers to experience the Fred Rogers Trail, at visitPA.com/fredrogers, which includes stops in his hometown of Latrobe and Pittsburgh, where he filmed his iconic television show.