Lebanon, Conn. (WTNH) - Picture this - a hundred students waiting in the Lebanon MiddleSchool gymnasium for members of the New England Patriots. But whatthey got was disappointment.
They thought they'd be rewarded with visits from Patriotsplayers for taking part in an NFL-sponsored program, but it didn'tturn out that way.
"I think the hardest thing yesterday was seeing all my kidscoming down they had their Sharpies and their footballs and theirjerseys and I was like, gosh, what am I gonna do," said PE andHealth teacher Alyssa Fabry.
There were no autographs for students at Lebanon Middle School who won the grand prizein the exercise and nutrition program ' Fuel Up toPlay 60' put on by the NFL and the Dairy Council. And whywouldn't they expect to see players like the ones who hadapparently gone to other schools.
"This is what got all of us all excited was all activities,celebrity coaches."
Celebrity coaches -- says it right there in the email Fabryreceived. The Pats person who came wasn't one of the big playmakers, but rather an intern who played a workout video.
"When we spoke to the intern that came from the Patriots he saidthat given that it's summer time the players aren't around,"Principal Rob Laskarewski said.
The kids had fun anyway but didn't get what they expected. Andso a lesson is learned and another one is in the making.
"We're gonna be writing letters," Fabry said, "so the kids willlearn how to write business letters and learn how to bepersuasive."
A spokesperson for the Patriots toldNews 8 the reason there were no players or coaches here in thisgymnasium is because the term 'celebrity coaches' actually refersto a local celebrity like the principal of the school, a mayor, ora DJ acting as a coach for the work out which was done here. It's amiscommunication the Patriots say they will try to straightenout.
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