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Literacy Night at Houck Middle School Featured Former NFL Player Anthony Newman

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As a defensive back in the National Football League, Anthony Newman’s job was to keep people from reaching the goal line, but during a special Literacy Night presentation at Houck Middle School in Salem, he was inspiring students to reach their goals.

On Thursday, May 26, Newman joined Principal Mark Thompson to address a large group of students, parents and faculty about the importance of perseverance, accountability, courtesy and kinship. The presentation was made possible by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Inspired and led by youth, it empowers students to eat healthy, be active and make positive changes in their schools and communities.

Newman answered questions from the audience and underscored the importance of literacy, healthy eating and exercise. Some outstanding students involved with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program also received special recognition.

Before and after the presentation, Newman met with students and local families for photos and autographs on the front lawn of the school. At the end of the event, students signed a pledge banner to do their best to eat well, exercise more and to do their best in and out of the classroom.