Magic Johnson visits Lucy Addison Middle
Posted on 03/09/2017
Magic Johnson high fiving students in the lobby at Lucy Addison Middle SchoolThere were plenty of pictures, high-fives, and words of wisdom during Magic Johnson's visit to Lucy Addison Middle School.  While Mr. Johnson is well known for his accomplishments on the basketball court, he is also a successful businessman.  He owns Sodexo-Magic, the company that provides food services to Roanoke City Public Schools.

Very few people knew about Magic Johnson's visit beforehand.  We wanted it to be a surprise for students.  Magic was welcomed to the stage with thunderous applause.  By the time he was finished more than 30 minutes later, Magic Johnson received a long standing ovation.  He talked about the importance of education and how teachers made a huge difference in his life.  He told the students about his own struggles with reading and how he worked hard to overcome them.  Magic encouraged them to do well in school and pursue a college degree.

"Everything that I am doing now is a reflection of my education," said Magic Johnson. 

"Make sure you take advantage of this great school, this great opportunity.  You will look back and say these were the best days of my lives," Magic told the crowd in cafeteria.

"When I was your age, I had a reading problem and a teacher saved my life," said Magic Johnson.

"I hope you guys remember to get a good education.  Dream, dream big, and go after those dreams," said Magic Johnson. 

Magic Johnson taking a selfie with a Patrick Henry studentmagic Johnson hugging Principal Johnson at the podiumMagic Johnson standing with a Lucy Addison student during the assemblyMagic Johnson posing with a Lucy Addison student and his fatherMagic Johnson speaking to students at the assemblyMagic Johnson speaking to students in the cafeteria at AddisonMagic Johnson siging autographs for students in the atriumMagic Johnson posing with the Addison Administrative TeamMagic Johnson posing with employees from Sodexo MagicMagic Johnson interacting with a group of students in the atrium.Magic Johnson shaking Principal Johnson's handMagic johnson talking to Superintendent Bishop

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