Seattle school raised $25K to buy their kids Seahawks jerseys

According to,  a local Seattle school raised $25,000 to help equip all of their kids with Seahawks jerseys for the upcoming Super Bowl.

“It’s exciting and cool and fun,” said 11-year old Ella Schmidt. “It’s cool that everybody could get this all to work out. I think it’s really great that people do this for complete strangers. They don’t even know us.”“Studies will show: when kids are happy, they’re learning, and right now every single kid in here is smiling,” said teacher Kevin Zelko, “real big Seahawks smiles right now.”

Fridays are “spirit days” at Kimball, and kids are encouraged to wear jerseys to support their favorite teams. But Kimball is also an urban school with a heavy immigrant population, where more than half the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Jerseys here are a luxury, not a necessity.

“A jersey really represents the passion of being included in the spirit of the team,” Zelko added. “But it can be really tight for families trying to buy (one).”

Enter Zelko’s bright idea. Not only is he a special education teacher at Kimball, but he also slings beer at Seattle sporting events in his spare time. It was during a Seahawks playoff game a few weeks ago when he raked in Beast Mode-sized tips – and thought to buy jerseys for his neediest students.

“We’re gonna get jerseys!” said Sammy Aschalew, a 10-year-old student, as he waited for one. “That is so awesome!”

Any extra money will go towards academics needs.

“When you wear a jersey, you’re connected with everyone else who’s wearing your team’s pride. Every kid here is going to get to do that,” Zelko added. “I think many kids will remember this the rest of their lives.”