15,000 students rock KeyArena for WE Day

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 10:06 AM

KeyArena is rocking, drawing thousands of students from half the school districts in Washington state for "WE Day."

The inspirational event brings celebrities and political leaders with students who have the power to make the world a better place by shifting the world focus from "me" to "we." Students had to earn their way into "WE Day" with demonstrated service to the community, both locally and globally.

The music and motivational rally for middle and high school students includes 15,000 kids from 450 schools.

Super Bowl champion Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who co-chairs WE Seattle along with the founders of the non-profit "Free the Children," and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest son, Martin Luther King III , kicked off Friday's festivities with a call to action for another year of giving.

Evoking the spirit of the 12th Man, Carroll coached the kids into setting a record for the loudest WE day in the world.

Seahawks Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Bobby Wager and Jermaine Kearse also gave words of encouragement to the kids. Actor Ed Norton and Grammy-nominated singer/musician Joe Jonas are also attending, along with rapper Flo Rida, who will close the day’s events with a performance.

To attend WE Day, students had to sign up for service and serve for a whole year. In all, they had over 140,000 kids who wanted to be part of Friday’s program.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly named the founders of "Feed the Children" instead of "Free the Children" as co-chairs of WE Seattle.

 

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