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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks Celebrate Back To School

With students across the region returning to the classroom this week, the Seahawks are celebrating in a big way with several school-related initiatives and programs.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, September 2 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks Celebrate Back To School

Students in school districts all across western Washington made their return to the classroom this week, a first for many since the COVID-19 pandemic forced most to go virtual early in 2020. To celebrate, the Seahawks are participating in a number of initiatives and programs aimed at improving the quality of education and the overall school experience for students everywhere.

As we all know, access to computers and the internet is absolutely essential this day in age — not only for students trying to learn, but for anyone wanting to stay connected with the world around them. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this technology, and the digital divide means that underprivileged members of society are left out and become more likely to fall behind.

To help, the Seahawks are partnering with InvestEd to donate $30,000 to four school districts: Mt. Baker School District (Whatcom County), Brewster School District (Okanogan County), Nespelem School District (Okanogan County), and the Yakama Nation Tribal School (Yakima). The money will help close the digital divide by providing these districts with the high-speed internet connection and devices necessary for a quality education in 2021 and beyond.

In addition to the digital divide grant, the Seahawks are also participating in an Adopt-A-School District Program with the Renton School District. Through this program, the Seahawks and Renton Schools will work together to partner resources and create unique experiences meant to highlight student achievement, boost morale, and, ultimately, have fun. To kick things off, Boom and the Seahawks Dancers visited Dimmitt Middle and Sierra Heights Elementary schools to welcome students and teachers on their first day of school.

Over the summer, we had more than 2,000 participants from around the nation in the second annual Seahawks Summer Reading Program, with a collective total of more than 220,000 minutes read! The overall top reader and winner of the program is Kaydence Moore, who read 3,900 minutes over the course of the program. Kaydence is heading into 5th grade at Everett Virtual Academy. She loves reading about horses, and says that she found reading to be a fun escape during the pandemic. Congratulations, Kaydence!

Want to capture the special moment on your children's first day of school? Download the Seahawks "My First Day" card to capture the moment!

The Seattle Seahawks, Seahawks Dancers and mascot Boom welcomed students back as they began the 2021 school year.

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Welcome Home 12s

From September 12 - 19 we're building the noise with a series of events to welcome the 12s back to Lumen Field! Bring back the jerseys, bring back the noise, and bring back Seahawks gameday!

Blitz Continues Trip Across Washington For Kicks 4 Kids

Blitz continued on his journey across the state this week on his Kicks 4 Kids ride, raising money for his charitable program for children and families that need shoes. Blitz and DJ Supa Sam made a stop in Ellensburg on Wednesday, where fans got to enjoy some tailgating activities.

Follow Blitz on Twitter to see where the journey takes him next, and click here to make your own donation to Kicks 4 Kids.

Social Post Of The Day 

Students at Russell Wilson's new school, Why Not You Academy, had their first day of school on Wednesday:

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