The Atlanta Falcons recently helped make learning fun for students at Fair Oaks Elementary School when they held an afterschool work out for about 30 students.
Three former Atlanta Falcons and current #87 Jaeden Graham not only threw passes with the students and ran drills, but they also talked to the students about the importance of education.
The event was part of the Fair Oaks kick-off for the school’s new SCANA Energy Homework Center.
Fair Oaks educators launched the Homework Center to help fourth and fifth graders who needed a little extra assistance with math. Even though the program just started in September, teachers can already tell that their students are benefiting. They will not see the results on state assessments until next year, but Fair Oaks teachers said they have noticed that the kids have more confidence and are more talkative in math class.
The Fair Oaks educators recruited the Falcons to help pump up the students even more about learning. Some of the former players included George Jessel “Buddy” Curry, Bobby Butler, and William Moore. They explained to the students that what they do most is what they will do best, whether it is throwing passes during a Sunday football game or mastering math problems.
The Falcons players had a little help reinforcing the importance of academics and working hard.
Falcons cheerleaders explained what they had to do to achieve their goal of being cheerleaders. They surprised the students by telling them that they, too, have homework and start their workday about the same time the students step on the school bus.
SCANA Energy Homework Center is just one way that Fair Oaks teachers and staff extend student learning. From Family Literacy nights to the school’s food pantry, the Fair Oaks team focuses on the whole child and what students need to succeed in school and life.