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Less plastic waste, healthier oceans

After students at Mann Elementary learned how much plastic ends up in the ocean, and the harmful effects it has on marine life, they tried not to use single-use plastic for 30 days. In culmination of the school’s efforts, students attended an assembly by “Ocean” Annie Crawly on June 8, World Oceans Day.

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    Smith Elementary teacher named Symetra Hero in the Classroom


    Third-grade teacher Cara Byrne thought she was attending a staff meeting on Oct. 25. The Samantha Smith Elementary School teacher was surprised to learn she is one of 16 Symetra Heroes in the Classroom during the 2017 NFL season. “I love to learn, so being a teacher is a great way to embrace learning every single day,” she said.

    Symetra and the Seahawks will recognize her during a Seahawks game (in her custom jersey), where she will be an honored guest. The award comes with a $2,000 donation to Smith Elementary in Byrne’s honor.