Russell Wilson to chat with Wilson Elem. students

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 9:57 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson agreed to have a live video chat with students at Wilson Elementary on Thursday as part of the #Wilson2Wilson campaign.

KREM 2 News launched a campaign in February after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to have Wilson visit the Spokane elementary school. The students at Wilson Elementary and KREM 2 News’ campaign caught the eyes of Seahawks officials in May, prompting the video chat.

READ: Seahawks to help Wilson Elementary give back

“The Seahawks have given us a T-shirt for every student and staff member which we are all excited about. They are pretty cool, Super Bowl Champions,” said Wilson Elementary principal Tony Ressa.

Representatives from the Seahawks were set to come to town and stop at the school, temporarily renamed ‘Russell’ Wilson Elementary.

“The mascot ‘Blitz’ will be here for lunchtime so I think that will make for some interesting games of four-square,” said Ressa.

The Seahawks officials wanted to help make a difference while they were in town. The organization said they would help Wilson Elementary kick-off its annual penny drive donation campaign for the Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center. The Guilds' School helped students who had developmental delays or disabilities.

“So what every classroom has done, is they have come up with a team name that is connected to the Seahawks and they are gonna use it for their team name to compete against other classrooms,” said Ressa.  “So this is one of them. This is the DangerRuss Defenders.”

Other team names included ‘12th Pennies,’ ‘The 12th Legions’ and ‘Pass Back Your Pennies.’

READ: Campaign grows to bring Russell Wilson to Spokane

Ressa said students had already begun creating questions on Tuesday to ask the star quarterback during the live video chat.

“Questions about football are really cool, but this is about more than football and I think that's what Russell Wilson represents,” said Ressa.

Ressa said the Super Bowl winning quarterback represented character. The school folded Wilson into its character campaign. Staff taught students about Wilson’s attributes of hard work, perseverance and never giving up.

“We feel especially honored that he would have been at the white house the day before and so to find the time for our little school says a lot about his character,” said Ressa.

Ressa said people have come off the street and into the school asking what time Wilson would be chatting with the students. The video chat would be closed to the general public.

KREM 2 News will carry the festivities live on KREM.com starting at 2:00 p.m.

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