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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks Gameday Poster Series Donation Supports Students During School Closures

A portion of the $60K donated to Creative Advantage from the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series is being used to support students during the COVID-19 school closure.

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Friday, April 10 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Gameday Poster Series Paying Dividends

Remember the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series from the 2019 season? The Seahawks donated $60,000 to The Creative Advantage after having raised the funds through a poster series in which local artists designed game-specific posters that were sold to fans.

Months later, a portion of the Seahawks donation is being used to support students while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This past month, since schools have been closed (starting March 12), it has been hard for everyone and especially hard for our low-income and historically underserved students and families," explained Audrey Querns, a project manager at Creative Advantage.

"All families have been scrambling to keep their children engaged in learning and also to support their children's social-emotional needs in a stressful time. Engaging in the arts helps with both, but some of our families don't have basic art materials like crayons, paper and scissors."

Creative Advantage acted fast to place an order for art materials, some of which were donated from Blick Art Materials in Capitol Hill, to build art kits that would be delivered to students at home. In addition to using the Seahawks' donation, the art kits were also being funded by The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The first delivery of 200 art kits for pre-k, elementary, and secondary students went to five homeless shelters in Seattle that house Seattle Public School students. This week, Creative Advantage has received 2,600 more kits that will be distributed to students at 24 affordable rental housing sites, as well as child care providers operating in schools that have stepped up to provide child care to our first responders and other essential workers.

When asked about the Gameday Poster series and the overall partnership with the Seahawks, Gail Sehlhorst, who is the Visual & Performing Arts Manager for Seattle Public Schools (which includes The Creative Advantage) responded, "The Seahawks Gameday Poster Series, has me thinking about the relationship between sports and arts. For some students, they need to choose between one or the other during their academic careers."

"This partnership has reminded me that they aren't mutually exclusive," said Sehlhorst. "In fact, they teach to the same habits, but in different ways – commitment to improvement, ability to take feedback and criticism, working as a team toward a game/production/concert/exhibition, public display, audience, fans, taking action in the moment, improvisation, planning, etc. We need more opportunities to show how things intersect and this partnership can do that."

For more information on The Creative Advantage, you can visit their website.

Seahawks Weekly Challenge

Join the Seahawks Weekly Challenges by completing new activities, just for kids, provided every week. Plus, share your completed challenges on social media using the hashtag #WeGotThisSeattle. Check out all of this week's challenges.

Social Post Of The Day

Today's 'Social Post of the Day' comes from our official Twitter account, as we share a photo of the arches at CenturyLink Field lit up blue to honor all of those fighting on the front lines against COVID-19.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks.com's John Boyle shares the newest version of his 2020 NFL Draft preview.

Jim Moore at 710 ESPN Seattle ranks the Seahawks' 10 NFL Draft classes under general manager John Schneider.

Bob Condotta at The Seattle Times shares his pre-draft position preview, focusing on wide receivers.

Corbin Smith with Sports Illustrated writes up a story featuring defensive end Branden Jackson.

Michael-Shawn Dugar and Aaron Fentress from The Athletic collaborate to rank a decade of Seahawks' drafts by position.

Joe Fann from NBC Sports Northwest shares a projection for all 16 of the Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen.

Seahawks Dancers Erika and Jon, as well as Seahawks staff members, donated blood to Bloodworks Northwest.

The closure of schools, businesses, and events over coronavirus concerns has put nearly 60% of the community's blood supply in jeopardy. For the safety of current and future patients, please consider donating blood today. Learn more at bloodworksnw.org.

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