by Timothy Rutt
Washington MIddle School will host Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, on Monday, April 15, to share lessons of her father's legacy with students and staff.
Robinson attended Washington MIddle School and John Muir High School in the 1930's.
160 Washington Middle School students participated in a special Breaking Barriers essay contest sponsored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Major League Baseball (MLB) and Scholastic. Students wrote about barriers they have faced and how they used values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson such as commitment, citizenship, determination, courage, determination, excellence, justice, persistence, teamwork, and integrity to achieve their goals. At the assembly, Sharon Robinson will speak to the students about how her father broke barriers in baseball and society and discuss her book Jackie Robinson: American Hero.
Sharon Robinson will be at Washington Middle School Auditorium, 1505 N Marengo Ave., Pasadena, at 9 AM.
April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks around the country, commemorating his first major league game at at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947. On this day every player and on-field personnel where Robinsons retired number 42 to commemorate him. There will be special activities at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Angels Stadium in Anaheim on that day as well.