Green Bay Packer great Donald Driver visited Holy Angels to reward students for their efforts in this year’s Goodwill Pack’r Up program. Holy Angels supporters donated more than 57,000 items to the local Goodwill store to earn first place and a visit from Donald Driver.
Teacher Kristin Walker has promoted participation in the program for several years and previously guided the effort to a second place finish. This year, she made an all-out effort to generate donations, beginning with unsold item from the HA Rummage Sale. However, it was the continued involvement by several students at the local Goodwill store that pushed the total to the top in this year’s contest.
Donald Driver’s appearance generated a gym-full of enthusiasm as he recalled his own past and shared the experiences that taught him many important life lessons. He encouraged students about the importance of “giving back” to the community. Drive also shared some advice about bullying and talked about the autobiographical books he wrote concerning the topic.
Along with some workouts which saw students joining the former football player on the gym floor, students were also called to the floor to receive prizes and to ask personal questions of their guest.
Autographed jerseys and other items were also treasured by students and other guests which included the staff of the West Bend Goodwill store. May 20th was proclaimed by the mayor’s office as Donald Driver Day in West Bend.