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Local third-graders send Packers winning tips

Feb. 8, 2011

If you're celebrating the Packers' Super Bowl win this week, you might have third-graders from Prairie View Elementary School in North Prairie to thank.

As a writing project, the students wrote letters to players offering tips on how to win the championship game. The classes discussed each player's position all and brainstormed ways that could help the pro players prepare for the big game, according to third-grade teachers Diane Geisel, Mary Ellen Butts and Kim Struve.

Students sent their letters and pictures they drew to the Dallas hotel where the Packers stayed for the game. Below are samples of their advice. .

Dear James Jones,

You are the best wide receiver I know. Here is a tip to make good catches and score touchdowns: When you get a short pass and a big group is coming towards you, take a step back and then run straight to the group. Then, cut to the side where there are no people. Oh, I almost forgot - I am going to watch you kick the Steelers like you did to the Bears.

Your Biggest Fan,

Cole Kovnesky

Dear Coach McCarthy,

Congratulations on getting to the Super Bowl! I would be a bit nervous and excited. Make sure your players are well prepared and know all the plays. They need a lot of rest and practice. Hope you win the Super Bowl!

Packer Fan,

Anthony Schwartz

Hi, Aaron Rogers,

I am going to tell you how to get ready for the Super Bowl. You should do 50 pushups a day, and don't eat too much junk food, and you and one of your friends should throw the ball to each other. You should get lots of sleep and run on a treadmill for 45 minutes a day. And you should run some laps each day - try not to stop. I hope if you follow these things, you will win the Super Bowl!

Nicholas Richards

Dear Charles Woodson,

This is how you can get ready for the Super Bowl! Drink an energy drink before the game, eat healthy food, like a fiber bar, salad and stuff like that, practice, do up-downs, push-ups, pull-ups, work out and think about what you're going to do for the game on the plane, and keep doing what you have to do. You are good at football. You guys can win!

Jenna Scarce

Dear Ryan Pickett,

I hope you're ready for the Super Bowl because my family is. Is playing professional football hard? It sure looks hard to me! Anyway, to prepare for the Super Bowl, you should do at least 20 pushups, practice throwing a football, tackling and running, too. I hope the Packers win the Super Bowl. Good luck!

Brett Treder

Dear John Kuhn,

I hope you never, ever get injured because you are strong and fast and can break tackles. I can't wait to see you play and win the Super Bowl. My mom and dad have a business printing shirts and a lot more. So, they made my brother, my sister, my mom and me a shirt that says 3rd and Kuhn. I am wearing it in the picture. I never want you to retire because you are the best football player ever. My suggestions to get ready for the Super Bowl - first, I think you should keep practicing your running and catching. Make sure you get enough sleep and also keep building your huge muscles.

Logan Geiger

Dear Clay Matthews,

I am in 3rd grade and I put together a schedule and tip sheet for you:


Eat healthy, don't eat junk food, get plenty of rest and practice a lot.


Go to bed at 10:30 and wake up at 8:00

Eat a healthy breakfast, take your time. Here are some examples: fruits, vegetables, cereal or yogurt

Work out

No offense, but then take a bath so you don't stink from sweating.


Get your brain going


These suggestions are useful and you might win the Super Bowl.

From: Caytlynn


Dear Greg Jennings,

Wow! 14 years now since the Packers won the Super Bowl. That's exciting. Here are some tips to win the big game. With your part in the game, you have to keep your hands dry. Get a good night's sleep all week. Eat a very good breakfast. Do well!



Amanda Burns

Dear Sam Shields,

The Super Bowl is the biggest game there is, so you should get prepared.

First, get good rest and eat healthy. During practice, do drills and play against the "imaginary" Steelers.

While at home, do push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and run in place. Make sure to have plenty of relax and go to sleep early, such as 8:00.

If you do this 'til the Super Bowl, you should be ready to WIN!

Alex Meaney

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