by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:
The Western Washington Toyota Dealers Association celebrated the Seahawks’ championship season with a $10,000 donation Thursday to Communities in Schools of Washington.
The Toyota Dealers Association presented their donation to Communities In Schools of Washington at Aki Kurose Middle School Academy and surprised students with an autographed Seahawks item presented by Paul Johns, Seahawks alum and current director of youth football and alumni programs.
“At Toyota, we are committed to supporting programs that empower students to learn, achieve and succeed within the communities that we work,” said Mike O’Brien, president of the Western Washington Toyota Dealers. “The Seahawks and their boisterous fans stepped it up this year, so the WWTDA decided we needed to as well and are proud to be supporting Communities In School in a bigger capacity.”
WWTDA has donated $20,000 to date across King, Pierce and Whatcom counties.
The $10,000 donation made Thursday is the equivalent of providing “Integrated Student Supports” to more than four dozen students for an entire school year, helping them succeed in school and stay on track to graduate, association staff said.
Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources and works in more than 3,400 schools and community-based sites nationwide – serving 1.35 million young people and their families each year.