Alan Page and Garden City studentsThird-graders at Garden City Elementary drew inspiration from a local icon Sept. 19 as Alan Page, former Minnesota Supreme Court justice and Minnesota Vikings legend, visited the school to read students his book, "Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack."

Page, who authored the book with his daughter, Kamie, talked about his love of writing and the importance of learning from his mistakes. During his time on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Page told students that he often had to rewrite case decisions 30-40 times, stating that this process ultimately helped him grow as a writer.

Joined by David Geister, who provided illustrations for "Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack," Page shared with students his journey of writing the book, noting that he based it upon his very own “sugar shack”—a cabin up north where he makes homemade maple syrup.

With a storied career that has taken him from the Pro Football Hall of Fame to the highest court in Minnesota to launching the Page Education Foundation in 1988, Page encouraged students to work hard and learn from their mistakes.

“You have the ability to do all the things I’ve done—only better,” Page said. “You can achieve whatever your dreams may be.”

Advice as sweet as maple syrup.

PHOTO: Alan Page, former Minnesota Supreme Court justice and all-star player for the Minnesota Vikings, visits with students at Garden City Elementary on Sept. 19.