49er Visits Franklin School

Third grade students at Franklin Elementary School were paid a special visit from San Francisco 49er backup quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson Jan. 31.

Bethel-Thompson tossed the ball around with students and answered questions about life in the National Football League, but his objective for coming to Franklin was to educate them about a program he founded, the Central America Sports & Education Project.

The project’s plan is to "improve the quality and accessibility of sports and education globally."

Bethel-Thompson and his partners have launched a campaign to raise $5,000 for a school makeover in La Libertad, a port town whose school serves 530 children in kindergarten through 11th grade. So far the group has raised $1,108, including a donation from Deborah Meyer, a third-grade teacher at Franklin who is also Bethel-Thompson’s cousin. Franklin students are hosting a bake sale today to help raise money for the project.

To learn more or to donate, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/central-america-sports-education-project-3.