On November 13, 150 5th graders from Tillicum, Hillside, and Evergreen elementary school boarded a CIS bus and spent the day with several Seahawks players at Qwest Field. When they arrived they joined 500 other kids from Communities In Schools organizations from around the Puget Sound region.
Students who wanted to participate in First and Goal had to set and reach a specific school goal. One Hillside student "read for 20 minutes every day", another "turned in all of his math homework". Those students making satisfactory progress towards their goals over a six-week period were treated to a luncheon hosted by Costco Wholesale, a keynote talk by fullback, Learnord Weaver", group pictures on the football field, and autographed programs by the Seahawks.
"We want to share the importance of goal setting with the students," said Mike Flood, Seahawks Vice President. "The First and Goal program provides a structure where the students develop, track, attain and receive positive recognition for their goals."
According to Dave O’Keeffe, Director of Communities in Schools of Lakewood, First and Goal is a great incentive for students. "Only a few of the 150 kids from Lakewood had ever been to Qwest Field. Some had never been to Seattle. The kids had a lot of fun and they got to meet a real professional football player. Leanord Weaver could have easily passed for an R & B singer as he sang the National Anthem. Then he got down to business and delivered his EFG message: To achieve your goals you need to put forth EFFORT, stay FOCUSED, and never GIVE UP. All 750 kids listened carefully when he told the kids how setting goals has been essential to his successful football career."
To learn more about CIS of Lakewood contact Dave O’Keeffe at 589-7489.