Schools adopt- a- Cow­boy

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Michael Thompson

IT’S not ev­ery day that class time means be­ing around footy stars like Wil­lie Tonga, Will Tupou and James Tamou.

But wit h t hi s week’s l a u n c h o f t h e N o r t h Queens­land Cow­boys 2011 adopt-a-school pro­gram, that’s ex­actly what pri­mary school stu­dents in Townsville will be up to.

Thirty-three schools will be in­volved in the 10th year of the adopt-a-school pro­gram, which ties in with the NRL’s Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well ini­tia­tive.

Sev­eral Cow­boys play­ers f anned out t o dif­fer­ent schools yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing Tonga who vis­ited Gar­butt State School, Tupou who went to Townsville Cen­tral State School and G a v i n C o o p e r , w h o dropped by Wul­guru State School.

Good Shep­herd Catholic Com­mu­nity School also hosted a visit from their a d o p t - a - C o w b o y J a me s Tamou, who took chil­dren through a PE class.

‘‘ It’s good to do this for schools around Townsville, not only does it get the Cow­boys aware of what we’re do­ing with kids but it also gets us out to just have fun,’’ Tamou said.

Each school pro­vides an up­date on ac­tiv­i­ties they have planned for their player be­fore they visit, which makes sure the school gets the most out of his time.

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