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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Seahawks parade: Why on a school day?

Who decided to have a parade in the middle of a school day? [“Seahawks parade starts at 11 a.m. Better bundle up,” Today File, Feb. 4]

For the past four weeks, schools have been going crazy with Seahawk pride. Our children have been dressing up, decorating their classes, raising 12th Man flags, and incorporating the Seahawks into their curriculum.

While we’re thrilled at how the Seahawks have built community in our schools, it also bothers us because we want kids to be energized about things other than football.

We expect many parents will pull their kids out of school on Wednesday to attend the parade. Is that the right message to send to our kids? Our kids will be in class doing filler activities because too many students will be absent. Our kids will be mad at us. We will be uncool parents.

Seattle is new at this. But if we get to do this again, let’s try to be more thoughtful. Education should always come before professional sports, no matter how proud we are.

Leslie and Keith Boyd, Seattle

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