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May 4, 2012 > 49ers' Bruce Miller visits St. John the Baptist School

49ers' Bruce Miller visits St. John the Baptist School

Submitted By Dede Fager, 4th grade teacher
Photos By Cici Susbilla

The fourth grade class at St. John the Baptist School received quite a surprise on the afternoon of April 17 when they were visited by San Francisco 49er player Bruce Miller and other members of the 49ers' Football organization. Several months ago, after the 49ers heartbreaking loss in the playoffs, some of the fourth grade students at St. John's wrote a letter to the organization expressing their appreciation for the team and sending them good wishes for next year. The students also included $8 to help offset the cost of the new stadium that is being built in Santa Clara.

Joanne Pasternack, head of Community Relations for the 49ers, was so touched by the students' kind words and generosity that she wanted to meet the class and do something special for them by bringing along one of the team members. Ms. Pasternack and Bruce Miller brought autographed mini-footballs for the students and a very generous donation check to the school for $1500! The 49ers Foundation also supported the school's brick fundraiser by purchasing an engraved brick which benefits the school Scholarship Fund.

The most exciting news for the class was the invitation to one of the football games this coming season. Comcast SportsNet and NBC news were also on hand, and ran a story about the visit on their nightly broadcasts. Needless to say the students were thrilled to meet one of their favorite players and to have the chance to chat with him. It was truly an experience that they will never forget. As one student put it, "This is the best thing that's ever happened to me!"

St. John the Baptist School has been educating students from Pre-K through grade 8 for 25 years. The school is located at 360 S. Abel Street in Milpitas. (

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