- Santa Clara Unified School District
San Francisco 49ers Partner with George Mayne
For many years, the San Francisco 49ers have partnered with George Mayne Elementary School during Read Across America Day to foster a love of reading and promote the value of education. Despite the pandemic, the partnership continued this year and was a fun event for everyone involved.
In March, Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman and the team’s 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee, read to the 5th graders. He chose a book that celebrated Women’s History Month entitled Girls With Guts. The book was a celebration of women who broke barriers in athletics to rise to the top of their sport and who work to encourage others they can do the same with hard work and perseverance. Armstead read to the students while continually pointing out the amazing achievements of the women in the book and encouraging the students that anything was possible for them as well if they studied and worked hard.
After reading, Armstead took the time to answer questions and share stories of his own life growing up, including the hard work it took for him to get where he is today.
“One particularly inspiring story,” said teacher Leslie Code, “was about how when he was young, reading was difficult for him so he received special help to overcome this and later was able to attend the University of Oregon.”
This was relatable for the students because many of them participate in intervention reading classes which encourage them that it’s okay to ask for help and that if they take advantage of resources being offered, they too can succeed, become fluent readers, and attend college and beyond if they choose to.
Armstead explained that this was part of what inspired him to found the Armstead Academic Project which was created to ensure all students have equal access to quality education and resources to help them achieve their dreams.
Mayne looks forward to continuing its partnership with the 49ers in the future.