Dec 12, 2013 8:12 PM by Kari Beal
The South Rayne Elementary School gym was ruined in August after a fire blazed through the left side of the building and the ceiling.
"When you get that call at two in the morning that the gym is burning, that's kind of devastating," said South Rayne Elementary school physical education teacher, Tammy Guidry.
Then miracles struck. Not only did they get a new gym, they also were selected to be in the NFL Play 60 program.
"The teacher that applied for the grant is a number one football fan all the way around and she found out about the contest. She asked if she could enter it for our school. I said go ahead," South Rayne Elementary Principle Amy Whatley said.
The NFL Play 60 program grants $10,000 to the school and has an NFL athlete play with the students. South Elementary School math teacher, Debbie Broussard wrote the winning essays. They asked questions about the physical education program and how to creatively include football into the school curriculum. Stumped, Broussard talked with the physical education teacher and they came up with creative ways to give math the perfect football spiral.
"They turn their homework into the end zone. Rather than gather I saw let's huddle,'" said Debbie Broussard.
Each math test students pass gets them farther down the football field. It takes seven passes to make a touchdown and there's big incentives to quickly get to this point. The first 95 kids get a free T-shirt and will be able to play with the NFL athlete in the NFL Play 60 celebrations.
Right now it's mystery who the NFL player will be, but the school has high hopes it with be a New Orleans Saints player.
School applications for the NFL Play 60 program will be accepted until Feb. 10, 2014. Those interested can apply on their website.