What better way to get pumped up for the new school year than to have an NFL star provide a pep talk.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) welcomed its students and families back to school today with an audio message from Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley, a Kennedy High graduate and 2017 first round draft pick.
“My season starts Sept. 6, and your season starts Aug. 20,” McKinley said in the message. “My education in WCCUSD helped me achieve my dreams. Now it’s your turn to achieve your dreams.”
Takk also had a message for students’ families.
“It’s important your students show up on time,” he said.
And his advice for kids: “We need you at school every day, ready to learn and ready to participate,” he said.
Superintendent Matt Duffy also took part in the message, stating, “Thank you Takk. Students, we’re all cheering for you and your success. Good luck and have a great school year.”