Former Green Bay Packer stops at Hutchinson school

HUTCHINSON, Kansas – The students and staff at Graber Elementary have been trying to get the Green Bay Packers to Hutchinson to speak. Their persistence sealed the deal.

The push to bring the Packer to Graber started with a YouTube video. It was a take off on the Carly Ray Jepsen song “Call Me Maybe.”

Turns out, somebody that bleeds green and gold heard the kids loud and clear.

“We are so excited that Paul Coffman has answered our call,” said Jesse Ediger, Garber third grade teacher.

A friend of Coffman told the former Packer about the Packer backers at Graber, and the Chase, Kansas product stopped by to talk about being successful in football and life.

“It’s a message of hope, just because you grew up in small town, or the odds are against you, there’s still hope you can reach your dreams,” said Coffman.

The Green Bay connection comes from third grade teacher Jesse Ediger, a Packer fan that uses her favorite players in her lessons.

“We do Packer time where they learn how to tell time to the minute or elapsed time, Clay Mathews multiplication, so they learn certain multiplication facts.”

From the students’ reaction, its evident they took Coffman’s message to heart.

“Just believe in yourself, to believe that you can do good and go hard in everything,” said Lakin Franz, Graber third grader.

Coffman is doing double duty while he’s back home in Kansas.

On Saturday, he will speak at a museum in Lyons.

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