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    Seahawks and NFL Play 60 help SPS Eliminate Opportunity Gaps
    Posted on 10/11/2016
    Photo of Seahawks players at Dearborn Park

    Seahawks and NFL Play 60 Help Eliminate Opportunity Gaps

    The Seattle Seahawks, NFL Play 60, and United Way of King County visited Dearborn Park International Elementary School to encourage students to stay healthy by eating right and getting plenty of exercise every day, and to strive to improve attendance.

    Hawks wide receiver, Marcus Lucas, and defensive end, Tony McDaniel, played with students in the gym and shared their favorite foods are chicken, fish, and vegetables. They also encouraged students to read more and set personal goals to get to school and class on time, every day.

    Attendance, nutrition, and physical education are a just few of the cornerstones that support Seattle Public Schools (SPS) united commitment to eliminating opportunity gaps and accelerating learning for all students.

    Eliminating opportunity gaps is the social justice issue of our time. SPS has the 5th largest academic achievement gap in the nation between white students and black students. We are making progress, but not fast enough.

    SPS recently announced a new awareness campaign to eliminate opportunity gaps called #CloseTheGaps. The district is kicking-off the #CloseTheGaps campaign the week of October 16-22 with a special emphasis on October 19. That is THE day we are asking students, families, staff, and community partners to engage and join the conversation in our united efforts to eliminate opportunity gaps. To help people engage in that work SPS also recently launched a new webpage dedicated to eliminating opportunity gaps. 

    Here is more information on the district’s webpage detailing initiatives to eliminate opportunity gaps.

    Here is more information on Dearborn Park International Elementary School.

    Look for #CloseTheGaps #EOG #SPSUnited on social media and join the conversation.