Chester resident Donna Davis and students of the Widener Partnership Charter School knew on Friday that the Philadelphia Eagles were going to win the Super Bowl.
They were certain of it!
Professional pundits and oddmakers weren’t so sure. After all, the never-won-a-Super-Bowl Eagles were going up against the five-time Super Bowl veterans, the New England Patriots.
Davis, and millions of other die-hard fans, thousands of them in Delaware County, kept the faith and the Eagles won in astounding fashion, beating the Patriots 41-33 Sunday night in Minnesota.
In the days before kickoff, Davis, a former member of the Chester-Upland School Board and mother of Cayla Davis-Clark, a student at Widener Partnership,, decided to make posters and cheer for the Eagles outside of the school.
As children exited their buses or were dropped off by their parents, Davis and a small band of students were there to greet them.
“The weather is not cooperating,” Davis said. “Because of the snow, children are going right into school. But, we still have the spirit!”
A longtime Eagles fan, Davis said she bought posters and balloons from a local dollar store and with help from Cayla and a few other students, decorated them in green and white.
“I called the Parent Caregivers Council and they took it from there,” Davis said. “We were given permission by the school administration to be out here today. I have loved the Eagles my entire life and I just know they are going to win.”
Davis and her group were joined by grandparents Robert Tiller and Theresa Scott.
“This is great for the children,” Scott said. “This is fun.”
At the Delaware County Courthouse on Friday, county workers gathered for a large Eagles rally in the lobby of the Government Center.
Planned by the county’s Morale Committee, the event featured the Avalon String Band, led by Captain Carmen Maniaci, the mayor of Aldan Borough and a county employee; food, including dog bone pretzels; and countless employees dressed in green and white.