West Seattle schools: Gatewood Elementary’s Mariners surprise

May 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm | In Gatewood, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 9 Comments

Thanks to Gatewood Elementary PTA president Nicole Sipila for the photo and report about today’s big event:

Just wanted to share an exciting surprise with you about the students and staff of Gatewood Elementary today. Six Mariners came to talk to the kids about being apart of the Dream Team, D = Drug Free, R = Respect, E = Education, A = Attitude & M = Motivation. Manager Eric Wedge, John Jaso, Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Jason Vargas, and Felix Hernandez all spoke about how important it is for kids to succeed in life to stay drug free, show respect for themselves and others, to stay in school and do well, to keep a positive attitude, and to be motivated to succeed.

Also, the students of Gatewood enthusiastically took Felix Hernandez’s two-extra-books-a=week challenge! It was a very special and exciting day for the Gatewood community. A big Thank You to the community outreach team of the Mariners for a great surprise!

More details in an MLB.com writeup we just found on the Mariners’ website.


  1. My son came home so excited! Thanks Mariners!

    Comment by WSMama3 — 10:06 pm May 8, 2012 #

  2. THAT is very cool.

    Comment by NotMe — 10:19 pm May 8, 2012 #

  3. OMG, A WIN for the M’s. Way to go!

    Comment by Aman — 7:21 am May 9, 2012 #

  4. Very exciting for the kids.
    Was it a secret because they were afraid there would be a sudden increase in parents volunteering to “help” at school yesterday?

    Comment by Dave — 7:54 am May 9, 2012 #

  5. My daughter brought home a ball with Ichiro’s and Pete Rose’s signatures. I don’t think it’s authentic but that’s her story and she’s sticking to it.

    Comment by dbsea — 9:39 am May 9, 2012 #

  6. I love when athletes do this, go Mariners!

    Comment by T- Rex — 9:44 am May 9, 2012 #

  7. Both of my girls were over the moon excited when they got home last night. I don’t know which they were more excited about; meeting the Mariner players or explaining to me the D.R.E.A.M (especially the reading part!) message. Thank you Mariners and thank you Gatewood for a homerun!

    Comment by sb — 9:50 am May 9, 2012 #

  8. I don’t have any kids there but I would have gladly volunteered, and made cookies, and mopped the floor, etc. to hang out with those guys for the day, lucky kids, and the teachers deserve this treat too. Thanks M’s for community outreach in my neck of the woods.

    Comment by christina — 11:58 am May 9, 2012 #

  9. My son thought it was so cool!

    Comment by Oliver — 10:02 pm May 9, 2012 #

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