Nov. 7, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Most elementary school students look forward to dressing up and collecting candy on Halloween. This year, students at New Glarus Elementary got an additional treat in the form of a surprise visit from four Wisconsin football players.
On Oct. 31, football players Pat Muldoon, Curt Phillips, Brian Wozniak and Konrad Zagzebski visited third- and fourth-graders as part of New Glarus Elementary’s “Good Knight” behavior program. The players fielded questions from the students and talked about the importance of being safe, respectful and responsible.
“Going to New Glarus Elementary was a wonderful experience,” Zagzebski said. “To see how excited the kids were when we walked into the lunch room was an amazing feeling.”
The teachers at New Glarus appreciated the Badgers taking time out of their schedules to visit.
“Having the players come to visit was very exciting for our kids,” said third-grade teacher Jeanne Preston. “New Glarus Elementary works hard to stress positive behaviors every day no matter where we are. We emphasize the need to ‘Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe.’
“The players did a great job relating these guidelines to their lives as football players.”
The Badgers also stressed the importance of schoolwork and how dedication in the classroom helped them on their path to becoming college student-athletes.
“The football players really emphasized the need to put school first in order to help realize their goals in life,” Preston said. “That was an important message for our kids to hear.”
For the football team, it was another chance to give back to the Madison area community that always offers tremendous support.
“Going out into the community is our way of saying thank you to the fans for supporting us on Saturdays,” Zagzebski said. “We truly appreciate all of their support.”