The New York Jets had a visitor recently from “Flat Stanley”. The students from Pepperell Primary School, the school Marcus Dixon attended, had a project and when some students didn’t have a place to send out their projects, the New York Jets seemed like the obvious choice. Here is the story with quotes and some pictures featuring Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and Marcus Dixon.
An annual reading project took a turn toward the famous when students at Pepperell Primary School sent a cutout of a book charater to professional football player with ties to their school.
Every year the second grade classes at Pepperell Primary read “Flat Stanley” as a part of their reading curriculum.
The children’s book is about a boy who became flattened when a bulletin board fell on him.
“He makes the best of a bad situation by helping people in unusual ways and he gets creative about things that he can now do,” explained teacher Peri Jones.
Pictured with Flat Stanley in this composite are (clockwise from top-left): Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, Pepperell student Jordan Mayo, and former PHS football star and Jets tackle Marcus Dixon (contributed images).
One of the things that Flat Stanley did was to visit people that lived in other cities, states or countries by folding himself up and mailing himself to the people’s homes — because it was cheaper than a plane ticket. Those people would let Stanley stay with them for a while and would show him around interesting areas and take photos of him in front of landmarks.
“This year I had several students who didn’t have anyone to send their Flat Stanley to, so we sent a class Flat Stanley to Marcus to take photos of him in New York,” said Jones, reffering to former Pepperell High football star and current New York Jets defensive tackle Marcus Dixon.
“We were so excited and thrilled when we got the photos and saw that not only had our Flat Stanley visited the New York Jets’ facility and Marcus, but that Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez had also helped with our reading project by posing with him in front of their lockers one day after practice!” she said. “This is something that my students will never forget.”