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School Gets Visit From Patriots Players

New England Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon and former Patriots linbacker Jernod Mayo mad a stop in Hartford today for field day at a Hartford elementary school where the players taught a few football tricks and encouraged healthy eating (Published Monday, June 6, 2016)

New England Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon and former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made a stop in Hartford on Monday. 

Very similar to the golden ticket from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” a teacher from the Burr School found one of six Danimals "Golden Bongo" yogurts and won a field day with the players who taught a few football tricks and encouraged healthy eating. 

The Dannon Danimals and Fuel Up to Play 60's goal is to inspire kids to choose nutritious foods and to be active for at least 60 minutes each day. 

"Any time you can give back to the community and at the same time, you know, get kids outside to have a good time and spread the word about milk, eating healthy, getting 60 minutes of exercise, it’s always a benefit to have this platform to give back," retired Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said. 

As a defensive back for the Patriots, Duron Harmon knows a thing or two about the importance of eating healthy. 

"When you have a good breakfast in the morning, starting off with some type of dairy product or just a good healthy breakfast, it makes the kids more alert," he said. "Makes them ready to learn, gives them a good attitude." 

This was a message the students heard loud and clear. 

"You need to eat food so it can keep helping you be smart and strong, so it can help you know everything," Yalellys Pina, a kindergartener, said. 

Even teachers and coaches from the school got to join in on the fun, all thanks to kindergarten teacher Leslie Barrett, who found the Golden Bongo. 

"I just think it's great that they get to see some good role models," Barrett said. "They've been excited for several months now and now that it's here, it's just a good way to end the school year." 

In addition to the Patriots player and Dannon Danimals hosting an awesome field day, the school also won a $5,000 grant that they plan to apply toward health and wellness programming. 

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