Donnie Ezzell, a sixth grade student in Heather Thompson’s class at the Clarkson School of Discovery, wrote a poem for a class assignment prior to Christmas called Carolina Panthers—Twas the Night Before the Superbowl.
At the time, the Carolina Panthers were marching steadily towards a Superbowl berth. When Ezzell learned earlier this month the team will officially be going to play in the Superbowl, he said, “I was very happy.”
Thompson said that when she originally made the assignment, Ezzell asked her about possible subjects for the poem. Thompson said that she reminded him of his love for the Carolina Panthers and the seed was planted. She said that the students worked on the assignment for a time in class then Ezzell took it home to complete.
When Ezzell presented Thompson with his finished poem the next day, Thompson said, “I was floored.”
Thompson said that after reading the poem, she and Ezzell decided they wanted the team to see the poem.
“We just wanted it to get to them,” said Thompson.
She added that the school wanted the players to know how much the kids look up to them and admire what they do.
When asked how he would feel if the Panthers contacted him or the school, he replied, “I’d be happy.”