Ending 2013 ALL Events on a High Note With Congressman Dave Reichert!

December 6th, 2013

We couldn’t think of any way better to wrap up our 2013 Ask,Listen, Learn events than in  Issaquah Washington with Century Council partner Congressman Dave Reichert. We had a full house at Issaquah Middle School today with an auditorium packed with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders excited to hear Rep. Reichert speak and watch some lucky students play on the Ask, Listen, Learn game.

The presentation was a tour de force of stories from Rep. Reichert ranging from his childhood and adolescence, to his experience working as a sheriff, and finally his role as a Washington state representative in Congress!

Congressman Reichert talked about being the first person on the scene of a young man in a motorcycle accident who had been drinking and driving, he also shared some tragic stories from his years working as a sheriff in Seattle where he met people every day who did not make smart choices and consequently spent life getting in trouble with the law and putting their health and lives at risk. We learned quite a bit about the consequences of making dangerous or careless choices, but Congressman Reichert also talked about the importance of recognizing the amazing opportunity kids in middle school have! He came from a humble background and would never have believed he would be a Congressman one day, but he set goals, worked hard, and committed to living a healthy lifestyle.

Rep. Reichert also talked to students about the importance of Asking, Listening, and Learning. First step is asking. It’s so important to talk to your parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors, coaches or any mentor in your life. Growing up Congressman Reichert talked to his grandfather who was a pastor and his football coach. He asked them questions when he faced peer pressure or tough choices and really listened to their advice. By listening to these mentors he learned how to choose a healthy and responsible lifestyle and he always committed to doing the right thing.

Finally we had some fun with the Ask, Listen, Learn game and Rep. Reichert even sang Issaquah Principal Corinne De Rosa Happy Birthday! So a big thank you to Rep. Reichert for being such a rockstar Ask, Listen, Learn role model and thanks to Issaquah Middle School for an amazing event with a great group of kids!

Can’t wait for more fun Ask, Listen, Learn events in 2014!!!

Kids Get Creative at Whitman Middle School in Seattle!

November 21st, 2013

Today Ask, Listen, Learn spent the morning at Whitman Middle School in Sunny Seattle! It was an awesome day spent talking to kids about making smart choices, resisting peer pressure, and of course saying “No” to underage drinking and “Yes” to a healthy lifestyle. When we arrived the halls were decorated with posters made by the students! On the posters, the kids wrote down in their own words how to say “No” to underage drinking. Off to a great start!

The auditorium was packed with 8th graders and there were a few special guests in attendance including Superintendent Banda and Deputy Superintendent Charles Wright! Before the kids had fun on the game we had the chance to hear an amazing story from Superintendent Banda about his personal experience relating to underage drinking. Superintendent told a story about his son who was seriously hurt after he made the mistake of drinking at a party. Luckily his son recovered but the Superintendent did say that even the smartest, most responsible kids are going to be put in tough situations and that’s when they’re going to have to “make the tough choice, to make the smart choice.” The whole auditorium was silent listening to his story and everyone came away feeling more confident than ever that choosing a healthy lifestyle and saying “No” to underage drinking is so important. At the end of the day, your health and your life is at risk.

After that powerful speech we switched gears and spent some time having fun on the Ask, Listen, Learn game! Thanks to Superintendent Banda, Whitman Middle School and everyone who made this event possible!

Washington AG Rob McKenna – Say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle and ‘NO’ to underage drinking!

March 25th, 2011

Attorneys General from across the country urge kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking.

Attorney General McKenna and Misty May-Treanor Want You to Say NO to Underage Drinking

April 9th, 2009

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and Professional Beach Volleyball player Misty May-Treanor in a Public Service Announcement about underage drinking. Brought to you by The Century Council.

Ask, Listen, Learn Team Visits Tillicum Middle School

November 8th, 2005

The Ask, Listen, Learn team visits Tillicum Middle School in Bellevue, Washington.

Ask, Listen, Learn Team Visits Enumclaw Middle School

November 8th, 2005

The Ask, Listen, Learn team visits Enumclaw Middle School in Enumclaw, Washington.

Ask, Listen, Learn Team Visits Housel Middle School

October 25th, 2005

The Ask, Listen, Learn team visits Housel Middle School in Yakima, Washington.

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