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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -
There are quite a few Packers fans at East Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids.
Many of them were decked out in green and gold Wednesday for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, number 12.
"I want to thank all the kids out there wearing my jersey today and those that aren't," Rodgers said about his special day after a team practice.
Many students in Wisconsin Rapids did don their jerseys Wednesday. The celebration at East Junior High was fit for an MVP.
"Most states don't have a day just for their team," student Morgan Saeger said. But Wisconsin did after the legislature passed a resolution earlier this year making 12/12/12 Aaron Rodgers Day.
"I think it's great that he has his own day and I think it's a great time for everyone," student Jordan Whipple said.
Rodgers is admired for his work on and off the field. That's why students thought it would be fitting to honor the quarterback by giving back.
"I thought it was exciting because we got to get the whole school and community involved in this," Whipple said.
Students started fundraising earlier this year for local charities and on 12/12/12 they were presented with a check by Element Mobile for more than $1,000 because more than a thousand students dressed in Packers gear on Rodgers' big day.
"I didn't think we would have as good of a turnout as we all were planning for," Whipple added.
The only thing that could be better? Meeting the MVP quarterback in person. "I would probably freak out a lot and go and give him a hug," Saeger said with a laugh.
In all, the students raised more than $1,600 for charity. Some of it will benefit Hope's Door in Wisconsin Rapids.
"I'm just very proud of them for reaching our goal of more than a thousand students participating. All the excitement today in the field house. The student body was really excited about it," East Junior High Guidance Counselor Chris Bondioli said.
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