Minnesota Timberwolves point guard and District 196 alum Tyus Jones talks with students in a computer lab.

First a Westview Bulldog, now a Minnesota Timberwolf, Tyus Jones is all grown up. But he never forgot where he came from. Jones returned to his alma mater on Monday, Sept. 17 to surprise students and unveil a revamped technology lab as part of his “Write Your Own Story” campaign.

“I always knew I wanted to give back to Westview,” Jones said. “I just had to figure out how and in which way I could give back. And once I decided, it was a no brainer. But I always planned on giving back to such a special place.”

Students at Westview shuffled into the gymnasium for what they thought was a regular school assembly, but were instead informed of the new state-of-the-art computer lab and shocked to see Jones enter through a side door. As part of the lab renovation, a new mural boldly states “Write Your Own Story,” and 4K, large-screen televisions from TCL were installed. A total of five screens were donated, which were placed in the new lab and media center.

“This lab gives students an opportunity to use their voice in so many new ways,” said Principal Tami Staloch-Schultz. “Together with the new technology, we can all collaborate and share our work in new ways.”

To show her gratitude, Staloch-Schultz gifted Jones with the old basketball chains from the school’s hoop on which Jones and his younger brother, Tre, practiced. This technology lab project is Jones’ second since starting his campaign. He said he hopes the revamped space at Westview helps students find their voice and empowers them to create their own story and follow their dreams. View more pictures from the event here.

Watch below: Facebook Live of Tyus Jones surprising Westview students

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