Northwest NEWS

October 12, 1998

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Bledsoe speaks to Northshore School District


John Phelps/staff photo

Mac Bledsoe told Moorlands students to judge others by who they are, not by what they look like.

   By John Phelps
   Mac Bledsoe, nationally known motivational speaker and representative of the Drew Bledsoe Foundation, spoke to Northshore parents, teachers, students and PTA members at seven meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
   His stops included assemblies at Moorlands, Woodmoor, Sunrise elementaries and Northshore Junior High School.
   Bledsoe also met with PTA boards, spoke at a teachers' meeting at Ricketts auditorium and addressed a Parents' Evening at Northshore Junior High School.
   His theme at Moorlands was, "The ideas in your head will rule your world." Bledsoe also told students they have the right to choose their ideas and to judge others by who they are, not by what they look like. "Everyone must focus on success," he said.
   In the evening, Bledsoe spoke at Northshore Junior High about parenting skills.
   "Whether you like it or not, your children will make all of the big decisions," he said. "Kids will make all of the major decisions when parents are not there. Teach them to make intelligent decisions about their lives."
   The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of American children by teaching parenting skills to as many parents as is physically possible.
   Bledsoe has given motivation and self-esteem speeches in 27 states in the last six weeks.
   His background includes 27 years teaching school, most recently in Yakima.
   Originally from Ellensburg, Bledsoe currently lives in Kalispell, Montana.
   He played college football for the University of Washington Huskies and after graduation played professional football.
   His father, Stuart Bledsoe, was a Washington State Legislator, and his son, Drew, now a quarterback for the New England Patriots, was a well-known quarterback for the Washington State Cougars.
   The Drew Bledsoe Foundation can be contacted at their web site or 509-453-8024.