PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Woodland Hills football standout Steve Breaston has worked hard to give back to his hometown.
Every summer, he brings in other NFL players for a football camp.
Today, the wide receiver chose to focus on something other than football.
“A strong high school is one that has a strong alumni foundation too because those are the kinds of things that can make a high school great. They are the kind of things that can lead a high school on truly legendary status, and I think Woodland Hills is on its way to being that kind of high school,” Superintendent Alan Johnson said.
Breaston is stepping up to make that happen at his alma mater.
“They went through over 60 entries and total essays that they graded and then we have 10 winners,” Assistant Principal Kevin Murray said.
Ten were selected as lucky winners of new iPads courtesy of the Steve Breaston Foundation. Steve and his brothers came up with the idea.
“All four of us graduated from college and that was a big thing in our household, getting our grades up, going off to college, graduating from college and I just wanted to give back in this aspect,” Breaston said.
The contest was only open to Woodland Hills students and the entries were judged on-site.
“The scoring criteria included focus, content, organization, and writing style and mechanics,” Dr. Heather Moschetta said.
Students wrote about a myriad of subjects, including how the iPad can help students with special needs.
“I want to have them adapt and be able to think as creatively as someone at CMU would. They could be some of the best creative writers we could have possibly just because their minds work differently,” Hailey Houtsinger said.
The fact that it came from a local hero wasn’t lost on the winners.
“That says that I can do that as well and that gives me hopes and dreams,” Ronica Norvell said.