‘Kids will never forget’: Seahawks visit Yakima elementary school

Seahawks 12 tour has more stops planned in Yakima, Tri-Cities over the weekend

YAKIMA, Wash. — Barge-Lincoln Elementary students celebrated the final day of the school year with a visit from the Seattle Seahawks, who are making appearances in Yakima and Tri-Cities over the weekend.

In an area where many families are struggling to make ends meet, not all children have vacations to look forward to over the summer. Vice Principal Tori Brennan said that’s why they decided to bring a fun experience directly to them.

“Oftentimes, our students don’t have the means to go away to have experiences,” Brennan said. “Today was just that: We got to bring Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks and their tour bus to Barge-Lincoln elementary, which our kids will never forget.”

Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe said with football season around the corner, they’re hoping to give back to the community. He said his favorite part of the tour is interacting with the kids.

“I mean, I’ve probably seen over 500 kids,” Thorpe said. “That’s 500 smiles right there, so you can’t beat that.”

Students in preschool through fifth grade ran through a tunnel of people as they got out of school, jumping up to high-five players the football players — people many of the students have only seen on TV.

Principal Hector Mendez said each student was provided with either a Seahawks flag or towel to wave as they exited the building for the last time this school year and the school was given their own large flag to keep.

“We’re gonna hang up in our building because every time they see it or pass it, they’re gonna remember,” Mendez said.

The Seahawks 12 tour — presented by Safeway — will attend the Yakima Pride parade Saturday morning before heading to the Tri-Cities Juneteenth celebration and making a stop at the Richland Safeway on Sunday.

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