Penncrest held a dedication ceremony recently in honor of a special youngster.
Last September, 7-year-old Aidan Joseph Silva, son of baseball coach Steve Silva, died of sudden cardiac arrest. Aidan, a big-time baseball fan, was a first grader at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School in Downingtown.
The ceremony included a surprise video message, watched in the auditorium during an assembly, from Phillies slugger Ryan Howard.
"He would ask to stay up until Ryan Howard batted," Steve Silva said. "As a dad, how can you say no to that?"
In the video, Howard, then in Atlanta for a three-game series against the Braves, said: "I think that the tribute that you guys are giving to him is awesome. I heard that he was a very, very big Phillies fan, and I'm very honored to be his favorite player.