Dodgers’ Andre Ethier Surprises Students (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier payed a surprise visit to a classroom of sixth grade students at Nightingale Middle School, enjoying their breakfasts provided by the new School Fuel initiative that eliminates the stigma associated with receiving free or reduced breakfasts.

The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) to bring healthy breakfasts with newly designed food trays and milk cartons to over 650,000 students in the LA Unified School District. The milk cartons on the trays feature Dodgers players Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun Jin-Ryu, and each has a nutritional tip from each player to promote health and wellness.

LADF is the official team charity for the Los Angles Dodgers, focused on benefiting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region, by both creating and supporting programs in health and wellness (School Fuel Initiative), as well as programs in sports, recreation, education and literacy.

As more information came about the program, the half a million students who are going to be receiving breakfasts every morning, to helping them want to consume more healthy products from milk to fruits and vegetables, [the program] allows them the opportunity to associate some of the Dodgers players with these foods they might [otherwise] turn away from. It’s a good opportunity to help educate and also lend a little support to a program that’s doing a lot of benefit in this community.”

Ethier also gave nutrition advice and fitness tips to the sixth graders, while taking pictures and signing Dodgers memorabilia, putting a smile on nearly every student’s face.

Check out our exclusive video above and our photo gallery below. For more info about School Fuel and other initiatives, head over to www.lafund.org

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