Patrick Robinson
Seven members of the Seattle Mariners baseball club came to visit the campus of West Seattle Elementary School on June 11 to talk to the kids about the D.R.E.A.M. program, an effort to keep kids off drugs, respect for themselves and others, the importance of education, having and keeping a good attitude, and motivation to do their best.

SLIDESHOW: Mariners came to West Seattle to talk about D.R.E.A.M.

West Seattle Elementary School had a very special set of visitors on June 11. The Seattle Mariners selected a group of seven members of the team to visit the school to talk to the students about the D.R.E.A.M. program.

The D.R.E.A.M. Team is a comprehensive program that stresses the importance of the D.R.E.A.M. principles: Drug-free, Respect for yourself and others, Education through reading, Attitude, and Motivation to achieve your dreams.

The Mariners who spoke were:
Broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, Jason Bay, Jeremy Bonderman, Nick Franklin, Joe Saunders, Kelly Shoppach, coach Robby Thompson.

Each player spent time to talk about each letter in the D.R.E.A.M. set of principles and then the kids got a thrill as the players came out into the audience to sit with them, talk for a little bit and watch a set of Mariners highlights on video.

Other Mariners' team members were dispatched today to spread the same positive message at other schools.

Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98177 (Seattle School District)
Rick Rizzs, Michael Saunders, Blake Beavan, Brandon Bantz, Endy Chavez, coaches Darren Brown & Carl Willis

Cedarhurst Elementary, 611 S. 132nd St., Burien, WA (Highline School District)
Felix Hernandez, Michael Morse, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Tom Whilhelmsen, coach Dave Hanson

Midway Elementary, 22447 24th Ave. S., Des Moines, WA (Highline School District)
Dave Sims, Danny Farquhar, Raul Ibañez, Yoervis Medina, Kendrys Morales, Oliver Perez, manager Eric Wedge, coach Jeff Datz

Meadow Ridge Elementary School, 27710 108th Ave. SE, Kent, WA (Kent School District)
Carter Capps, Hisashi Iwakuma, Charlie Furbush, Alex Liddi, Carlos Triunfel, coach Mike Brumley

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