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Seahawks legend Marcus Trufant visits Gateway Middle School

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Seahawks legend Marcus Trufant, Sea Gals and their mascot, Blitz, along with representatives from Washington Dairy Council, came and inspired students at Gateway Middle School
Presentation of $30,000 combined grant to Gateway Middle School. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Schools District News Release.

School and district recognized with $30K grant from National Football League and the Washington State Dairy Council.

On November 28, 2017, Seahawks legend Marcus Trufant, Sea Gals and their mascot, Blitz, along with representatives from Washington Dairy Council, came and inspired students at Gateway Middle School in a Fuel Up To Play 60 assembly.

They also presented the school with a combined grant of $30K ($10K NFL Hometown Grant to enhance Gateway’s “Breakfast in the Courtyard” program and the Washington State Dairy Council awarded Everett Public Schools $20K—$4K per middle school—as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to be used to enhance the nutrition and PE programs at each district middle school).

Trufant spoke to students about the importance of eating healthy and being physically active for 60 minutes a day. The “Breakfast in the Courtyard” program will provide students a healthy start by allowing them to grab breakfast as they get off the bus. Currently only 40 of 800 students choose to eat breakfast at school due to tight schedules and location of the meal service.

Through the Hometown Grants program, NFL teams and state/regional dairy organizations identify deserving schools in their communities to receive funding to help facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating programs for students. Since 2014, the program has provided more than 800 schools nationwide with funds and resources, resulting in more than one million students staying physically active and making healthier food choices.

Gateway will receive 30 Ergotron LearnFit standing desk stations to help increase physical activity in the classroom (included in the grant).

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