NFL QUARTERBACK TO SERVE AS PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY AT HIS FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ALPINE
March 3, 2014 (Alpine) – On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ryan Lindley, Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, will visit Alpine Elementary School. Lindley will assume mock Principal duties for the day at his former elementary school and spend his time reading to select classes and providing the students with helpful tips on how to excel academically.
“I am looking forward to visiting the current students of Alpine Elementary,” states Lindley. “I have been afforded a wonderful opportunity to play for the NFL and enjoy reaching back to inspire kids to realize their own dreams.”
Ryan has visited Alpine Elementary on several occasions to participate in their community read-in events and recently donated sporting equipment for the students to use at the playground. This will be his first time serving as Principal for a Day.
"We are very excited and appreciative that one of our hometown heroes is taking time out of his schedule to visit our school. It is important for our youth to have positive role models,” states Jon McEvoy, principal of Alpine Elementary School. “On a personal note, I am ecstatic that Ryan has the intestinal fortitude to volunteer as "Principal for the Day". Maybe I can use the opportunity to work on my golf game (LOL)."
ABOUT RYAN LINDLEY
A native of Alpine, CA, Ryan Lindley attended Alpine Elementary School, Joan MacQueen Middle School, and El Capitan High School in Lakeside, where he played both football and baseball. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and subsequently realized his childhood dreams when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cardinals.
ABOUT ALPINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Alpine Elementary is one of three elementary schools within the Alpine School District. The school was founded in 1953 and prides itself on being the oldest school in Alpine. The school currently serves grades 1 through 5 and enrollment is at approximately 400 students.
Alpine Elementary had been recognized as a Distinguished School within the State of California and was recently awarded a grant by the San Diego Chargers to improve their PE programs and facilities to benefit their students. A unique aspect of the school is their art docent program, which includes many volunteers that come in to work with the students on various art projects throughout the year. Student artwork is featured during an annual art show in conjunction with the school’s open house. Student artwork is also entered into the annual San Diego County Fair in Del Mar.
Alpine Elementary School’s Leadership Academy recognizes students at assemblies throughout the year for outstanding academics, citizenship and effort. Teachers are charged with nominating the students that consistently exemplify these principals at school. Students are also recognized for their adherence to Alpine Elementary School’s Principals of Leadership: (1) Be Proactive, (2) Begin with the End in Mind, (3) Put First Things First, (4) Think win-win, (5) Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood, (6) Synergize, and (7) Sharpen the Saw.
To learn more about Alpine Elementary, please visit www.alpineschools.net.