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Fun part of Principal for a Day activities at Fairfield Elementary

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School visit included basketball game against principal, teachers.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:46 am
First he gave an inspirational talk. Then it was game on Thursday morning as former Fort Wayne Mad Ants star Ron Howard took on Principal Lindsay Amstutz-Martin in a game of P-I-G and then three-on-three basketball during Principal for a Day fun at Fairfield Elementary School, 2825 Fairfield Ave. Howard was one of 51 business, government, community and other leaders scheduled to spend the morning with the principal of a school in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district. The guests get to see what the job entails and learn more about what the district is doing to educate its students. 

Howard, a Chicago native and Valparaiso University graduate, spent some time visiting classrooms before being the special guest for an all-school assembly in the school gym.

After being introduced, he spoke about the importance of reading and the need to work hard to succeed in school and in life.

"Reading is something you're going to need forever," no matter what career path you follow, he told students. "I urge you to continue to work harder to be the best reader you can be, because it is going to help you.

"All these things I have been able to do started where you guys are — started in grade school," said Howard, who played briefly for the Indiana Pacers and has played for professional basketball teams in other countries, including last season in South Korea.

There will be tough times and sacrifices to make, but working really hard will help you achieve any goal you want to achieve, he said.

Then it was time to take to the court.

Cheered on by a pumped up crowd of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5, Amstutz-Martin and Howard battled in a friendly game of P-I-G.

Amstutz-Martin, who already had invited two boy students to help her, then called up three teachers for the three-on-three game, with Rachel Merz and Adam Basinger playing on her team against Howard and the boys while Donna Satterthwaite served as referee.

Howard and the boys, who were the first team to make three baskets, got the "W." But everyone had fun.   

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