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We Day Seattle Returns

We Day Seattle returns for a second year and Q13 FOX is proud to once again be a media sponsor for the event.

Organized by International Charity Free The Children, We Day is a growing national event where students from around the Puget Sound are treated to a day of recognition and entertainment. Students cannot buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by committing to take action on one local and one global initiative as part of a yearlong educational program called We Act. We Day takes place in Seattle this year on Friday March 21st  at Key Arena.

This page includes stories about the students’ Road To We Day and the highlights from last year’s We Day event.

To get learn more about “We Day Seattle” 2014, visit weday.com.

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SEATTLE — Another successful We Day has come and gone in Seattle.

About 15,000 students and teachers from over 450 schools across Washington state packed into the KeyArena Friday to celebrate We Day, an initiative of Free The Children. We Day encourages young students to be informed and involved in philanthropy across the community and the world.

Students who came didn’t buy a ticket, they’ve earned it. Throughout the day, they celebrated action and community involvement with renowned speakers such as Edward Norton and Pete Carroll, Cody Simpson and Flo Rida.

 

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SEATTLE — Another successful We Day has come and gone in Seattle.

Fifteen thousands students and teachers from over 450 schools across Washington state packed into the KeyArena Friday to celebrate We Day, an initiative of Free The Children. We Day encourages young students to be informed and involved in philanthropy across the community and the world.

Students who came didn’t buy a ticket, they’ve earned it. Throughout the day, they celebrated action and community involvement with renowned speakers such as Edward Norton and Pete Carroll, Cody Simpson and Flo Rida.

Below you can relive the excitement of the day by scrolling back through our live blog posts as events happened.

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This Morning
03/20/14

‘We Day’ ready to inspire thousands

Cody Simpson – photo credit – Chelsea Roisum

Cody Simpson – photo credit – Chelsea Roisum

SEATTLE – Students from across the state are in for a long list of actors, musicians, sports stars and other inspirational celebrities as part of We Day Seattle.

Wednesday organizers announced the lineup of world-renowned leaders and A-list entertainers including Edward Norton, Joe Jonas and Cody Simpson.

More than 15,000 students and teachers from at least 450 schools across Washington will attend the incredible event at Key Arena on March 21st.

Organized by Free The Children, We Day asks students to earn their way into the event by committing to take action on a local and global cause that they care about.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll helped reveal the guest lineup, which includes some of his players: Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse.

“We were so fired up to see the impact thousands of young people from across Washington made last year as part of the We Day movement,” said Carroll. “Like us they were just getting warmed up. This year, we are excited to bring students back to We Day Seattle to celebrate their incredible work and support them as they continue to make their marks on the world.”

Here is a complete list of guests:

• Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) – Actor, Filmmaker, and Co-founder, CrowdRise
• Joe Jonas (@joejonas) – GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum artist and Free The Children ambassador
• Cody Simpson (@CodySimpson) – Australian pop singer and  award-winning musician
• Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) – Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, 2014 Super Bowl Champions, and We Day Seattle Co-Chair
• Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse – 2014 Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks players
• Martin Luther King III – Human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
• Jesse Giddings (@jessegiddings) – E! News correspondent, Free The Children ambassador and co-host of We Day Seattle
• Craig and Marc Kielburger (@craigkielburger) – co-founders of Free The Children
• Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
• Hannah Alper (CallmeHannah.ca) – 11-year-old Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, blogger and youth activist
• We Day Seattle will also see local youth leaders and performers take the stage including Nandie Oosthuzien, Founder and CEO of Hand and Heart, local youth Adora Syitak and Daniel Franco, The Connection, a local hip hop dance group, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra.

Q13 FOX is an official partner of We Day Seattle along with Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation.  We will provide live coverage of We Day Seattle on-air and online throughout the day on March 21st.

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Students at Skyview Junior High in Bothell organize the ‘Futsal Cup’ to earn place at We Day Seattle on March 21. (Photo: KCPQ-TV/March 10, 2014)

BOTHELL, Wash – Students at Skyview Junior High are raising money to help get clean water to a village in Sierra Leone by organizing a special athletic event this summer.

The event is called the “North Shore Futsal Cup” and it’s a game similar to soccer.

The kids are doing all this as they gear up for “We Day Seattle,” which is an annual event to get kids involved in local and global communities.

“I don’t think it’s ever too early to try and help out,” said student Skyler Parris.

We Day Seattle is coming up March 21 at KeyArena.

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Students at Chief Sealth High School learn about waste-water treatment facilities as they prepare for We Day. (Photo: KCPQ-TV/March 7, 2014)

SEATTLE – Students at Chief Sealth International School earned their way to this year’s We Day Seattle by hosting an event called ‘World Water Week.’

During the week of March 3-7, the students learned about struggles that people around the world face just to get clean water.

Kids also learned about the importance of green space and how waste-water treatment facilities work.

The kids are doing all this as they gear up for “We Day Seattle,” which is an annual event to get kids involved in local and global communities.

We Day Seattle is on March 21 at Seattle’s KeyArena.

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Bellevue High School students helping to feed the homeless and earn their tickets to ‘We Day Seattle’ on March 21, 2014. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

BELLEVUE, Wash – Bellevue High School students are doing a lot to help feed the homeless and earn their tickets to ‘We Day Seattle’ this year.

Students are keeping alive the mission of a former student at the school with “Soup for Simpson.”

Former Bellevue student Hunter Simpson was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor during his senior year in 2005.  Despite his illness, he worked tirelessly to feed the homeless.  Before he died, Hunter ate a cup of soup for lunch and dinner every day and donated the money he saved to feed homeless teens.

“At the end of the semester he took all of the money left and donated it to New Horizons, so once a year, we do the same thing here,” said student Lauren Patrick.

This is one of many projects the students are working on as part of a global effort to make positive changes in the community.  It’s also how they’re earning their way to Key Arena on March 21 for We Day.

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West Seattle High School students on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, listen to what activities they can take part in for the lead up to We Day. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE — West Seattle High School is gearing up for We Day.

Students attended an assembly Tuesday (March 4) to learn more about two organizations: Free the Children and Every Day is Christmas.

These high school students are actively working to help the homeless in their community.

They have been organizing sock and clothing drives, and putting together backpacks with school supplies and toiletries for fellow students.

 

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