Thirteen-year-old Ashlyn Wooden, great-granddaughter of UCLA coach and inspirational figure John Wooden, led a tribute in his honor at Newport Beach Andersen Elementary on Friday morning.
As part of a special morning flag ceremony, Ashlyn read, "Ode to John Wooden," which she had composed for a class writing assignment on a person of significance or inspiration.
"Like the Pyramid of Success you do your personal best…" is part of the 36-line poem she read to a crowd of more than 400 of her peers, teachers and the many attending school parents.
The K-6 school remains a memorial to Wooden's philosophies of personal achievement and teamwork.
"Because he's part of our Andersen family, we decided to do something a little extra," Principal Mary Monos said. "We always honor him, but especially now we want the children to remember him and the great things he's taught us."
Wooden's Pyramid of Success is incorporated into the curriculum through daily classroom activities and monthly goals. A different "building block" of the pyramid is focused on each month.