Reporting Rick Dayton
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Being an All-Pro linebacker in a football crazy town like Pittsburgh has some benefits.
Today, LaMarr Woodley visited with hundreds of school kids to share his story about why education is so important.
Woodley is a big man with a little kid stuck inside that big body.
“I had football and basketball taken away from me because I was class clown and didn’t pay attention to my teachers. I didn’t pay attention to my parents,” Woodley said.
Woodley spent his Tuesday morning talking to kids about the importance of education.
“I wasn’t always a nice kid growing up. That’s why I wanted to tell them a little something about my background, about me being a class clown about me being in detention because some of these same students raised their hands when I said who is the class clown? I was pretty much saying you can change your way and become something in life,” Woodley said.
His words were right on the money with a rising sixth grader.
“He talked to us about like not being a class clown and stuff and doing what you’ve got to do in school and you’ll be ok in life” Damien Robinson said.
Despite being the middle of summer, the K-5 students enrolled in the Summer Dreamer’s Program.
“Learning can be fun, and I think that’s important for the Summer Dreamer’s because we want to eradicate the learning loss that the children have so we are able to do that through Summer Dreamers,” Andrea Brown said.
These free summer sessions give kids the reading and math skills they need to succeed when they go back to school in the fall.
“I like that the teachers educate us and they give us what we all need so we can be successful in life.” Robinson said.
“That shows the kind of program they are running here when you have those kind of energy levels for those kind of teachers early in the morning and the commitment from the parents getting the students here. I mean having an opportunity to have this summer school program is great,” Woodley said.