MOORE — One might wonder if elementary schoolchildren know who Jason White is, but their roar of excitement Wednesday proved convincing.
The Heisman Trophy winner and former University of Oklahoma football player was at Heritage Trails Elementary School in Moore, helping to kick off a school fundraiser. He spoke during a morning assembly to most of the school's 637 students.
"Dream big and don't forget, no matter how many speed bumps get in your way, just keep going and you'll eventually get to your goal someday," White told the students.
Heritage Trails is one of two Moore elementary schools that opened this year. White initially was asked to speak at the school's ribbon-cutting ceremony several weeks ago, but couldn't because of a schedule conflict. He came Wednesday instead.
"I was once sitting in the same place as these kids," White said. "Anytime we had a guest speaker, it made my day. Now that I'm in a position to make a positive influence, I want to do anything I can to give back."
Shelby Muennink, a parent-teacher association member, said she invited White to speak at the school to give the students a positive role model. When asked if she thought many of the kids actually knew who White was, she asked, "Did you hear them?"
When White was introduced, the students started screaming and clapping their approval. What got the best response, though, were the pies that White and PTA President Carrie Vaughn threw in the face of Principal Jason Perez.
The stunt was all part of the fundraiser. Students are being asked by the PTA to sell Bedlam T-shirts to raise money for basketball and soccer goals at the new school. The top-selling student from each class will get to throw a pie in the face of Perez or sixth-grade teacher Kyle Harrison. White's pie was designed to get the students excited about selling.