GOLDEN - Students learn lots of things at The Manning School. But, Principal Barb Bares says there are some things her seventh and eighth graders can learn from the Denver Broncos quarterback.
"I think he's very humble," Bares said. "He displays who he is and what he does, his work ethic on the field."
Around 400 students assembled in the school gym for a pep rally to get excited about the big game. They're calling it "Manning 4 Manning" with hopes that the hash tag "#Manning4Manning" will go viral and encourage Peyton Manning to visit the school.
"We're having the band play and the choir singing," Tyler Cohan, eighth grader, said. "Our school is Manning."
The Golden High School Demon Dance Team led the middle school students in some cheers.
"I'm a Broncos fan and I'm really excited," Megan Feiner, eighth grader, said.
The eighth graders will be the Class of '18 when they graduate high school. So, Cohan says they feel a connection with Number 18.
"He's not just a great quarterback. He's also a great person," Cohan said.
Eighth Grader Cassie Sehn says following Peyton Manning's example can help them in school.
"We can try our hardest like Peyton Manning," Sehn said. "We should try our hardest in tests, in homework, in life."
All of the eight graders signed a Class of '18 Manning jersey with hopes that the future Hall of Fame quarterback will pick it up himself, someday.
"That's who they want to be," Bares said. "If these kids leave this school, go into high school, go into life and have built the character of that man, follow in that man's footsteps. I feel like we've done our job."
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