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‘Giant’ supports Louisa school division’s anti-bullying campaign

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Maya Akram-Chhatwal, a fourth-grader from Moss-Nuckols Elementary School, draws the school’s mascot on one of the cleats that will be worn by Kerry Wynn in the New York Giant’s Dec. 3 game against the Oakland Raiders.

New York Giants defensive lineman Kerry Wynn will carry Louisa County Public Schools’ anti-bullying message across the country on Sunday. He won’t be using a billboard or a cardboard sign. He’ll be using his cleats.

“I know a lot of people will be watching the game,” Wynn said. “It’s good for the kids to see this kind of message put out there like this.”

Twelve Louisa County Public School students gathered at Louisa County High School on Monday, Nov. 27, to decorate the football cleats donated by Wynn at the school division’s Countywide Anti-bullying Pep Rally on Oct. 26.

The students who decorated the cleats were chosen by art teachers at each school based on their artistic talent as well as their good behavior. Two representatives were chosen from each school.

“It’s kind of an honor,” Maya Akram-Chhaawal, a fourth grader at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School, said. “There’s only a few people in that room.”

The process took most of Monday morning, with the students pitching out ideas and painting practice shoes before beginning to work on the cleats.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” fifth-grader Alyssa Hopkins, the other MNES representative, said. “I’m really glad that I was chosen to do this because we get to spread our message.”

Wynn will wear the special cleats during the Giants’ Dec. 3 game against the Oakland Raiders. The game begins at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday and will air on Fox.

Read more of the story in The Central Virginian’s Nov. 30, 2017 Issue