Mariners Education Day

Bloomquist and Jones

Willie Bloomquist and James Jones watch a highlight video with students from South Shore School as part of the 17th annual Mariners Education Day.

Several thousand students in elementary schools in the greater Seattle area got a break from reading and math on Tuesday so they could get some life lessons from Seattle Mariners players.

It was the 17th Annual Mariners Education Day where the entire team and broadcasters split up into five groups and fan out to area schools to urge the kids to become members of the Mariner Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team.

D.R.E.A.M. Team stresses the importance of the D.R.E.A.M. principles: Drug-free, Respect, Education, Attitude and Motivation.

At each school, the players talked about how they worked hard and were able to achieve their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers. But they also urged the kids to aim for their own goals of becoming teachers, doctors, engineers or anything they want to be.

The students were also urged to keep learning even during the summer. At Burien’s Hilltop Elementary School, star pitcher Felix Hernandez challenged students to read at least two books each week.

The schools visited for this year’s Education Day assemblies were South Shore PK-8 in South Seattle, Hazel Valley Elementary and Hilltop Elementary in Burien, Cascade View in Tukwila and Sunny Hills Elementary in Sammamish.

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