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Patriots show their support to educators on National Teacher Appreciation Day

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Patriots players spent time surprising local teachers. On May 7, Patriots players Stephen Anderson, Braxton Berrios, Rex Burkhead, Keion Crossen and James White made a special visit to the Igo Elementary School in Foxborough to thank teachers for their hard work. They also invited teachers to Gillette Stadium and presented them with gifts.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon and The Patriots Foundation teamed up with five Patriot players to show their support for teachers visiting Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, May 7, for National Teacher Appreciation Day.

To demonstrate their support for educators in New England, Patriots players James White, Rex Burkhead, Braxton Berrios, Stephen Anderson and Keion Crossen surprised the Dartmouth Middle School and Barnstable Intermediate School teachers who brought their students to participate in the Hall of Fame's STEM education program by presenting the educators with a bouquet of flowers and a certificate of appreciation, courtesy of the Patriots Foundation.

"I can't stop talking about our incredible experience," said Annie Laurie Jacob of Dartmouth Middle School. "It was such an unforgettable moment for us. We truly felt special and appreciated. The players we met were so gracious and kind to us and our students. It was truly a life-changing experience for all of us."

As part of its education program, the Hall brings more than 20,000 students to Gillette Stadium to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education modules each year. Developed by educators, The Hall's STEM modules are dynamic, interdisciplinary, exciting student-centered learning experiences which focus on football-related concepts. Modules reinforce the standards-based curriculum being taught in school classrooms. All modules encourage essential skills, such as collaboration and teamwork. Hands-on and minds-on activities make the learning enjoyable for all students regardless of football interest level.

For more information about the education program, visit


The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England and promotes math and science education for thousands of schoolchildren each year. The Hall received a Gold MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums and The Hall's signature film, "Patriots Way," won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. The Hall was named to Boston Globe Magazine's Best of the New, and was a Yankee magazine Editor's Choice recommendation. Tickets to The Hall are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted for free. The current hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, visit "The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon" on Facebook, follow @TheHall on Twitter and @PatriotsHall on Instagram.


The New England Patriots Foundation is the nonprofit organization established by Robert Kraft in 1994 to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. The Foundation has taken special interest in youth programs that encourage education, creativity and development of character. For more information, please visit

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