A surprise visit from Aaron Wan-Bissaka to his old elementary school this week during a school gathering made the kids very happy.
Children’s TV host Ben Shires greeted the students at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in New Addington to start an interesting afternoon. He got the kids excited before introducing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a past student. The Palace right back was excited to go back to his old school and help inspire the students there now. He walked out to chants of his name and then took part in a question-and-answer session led by Shires. The next part was a football question, where three lucky students joined Wan-Bissaka on stage to see how much they knew about the game.
The defender had one last treat for the kids: he gave the school a signed shirt that he had worn in a game.
Kanye West said, “It felt good. I haven’t been back here in a while, and all of my good memories of this place are here, so it’s great to be back.”
“I didn’t expect that welcome; I’ve never had anything like it before, but it felt good!” If you remember, the last time I was here was ten years ago. Seeing the kids react like that shows how far I’ve come.
Many teachers knew Wan-Bissaka from when he was a student at the school ten years ago. Elaine Snow, who used to be his teaching assistant, said, “I was his TA back in year six. We had a crazy class, but he was a really good boy. He loved football even then, all the boys did!”
“The kids loved it so much; this will be a memory they’ll always have. It was so nice for Aaron to go back to New Addington, where his roots are.” The shirt will be framed and kept forever.
Colm Conneely, the janitor, had good memories of the player and said, “It was great to see him after all these years. He was a good boy when he was here; he never got into trouble, and the best part was he hadn’t forgotten my name!”