Students at three Ayr schools got some extra encouragement in their reading and exercise routines recently when Toyota Cowboys under-20s player Akeripa Tia Kilifi and mascot Bluey visited as part of the club’s Adopt-a-School program.

With the support of Wilmar Sugar Australia, the Cowboys visited East Ayr State School, St Francis Primary School and Ayr State School to reinforce the program's 'Eat well, Play well, Stay well' messages.

“We had a great welcome at East Ayr State School – one class of prep students welcomed us by singing a Cowboys song," Akeripa (Lipa) said.

“Over at Ayr State School, Bluey had the most selfies ever taken with students."

The visit also included reading and "play well" active sessions with students at St Francis Primary.

The Cowboys Adopt-a-School program, supported by program sponsor Stockland, is a partnership with 46 primary schools that reaches some 20,000 North Queensland students and uses 'adopted' Cowboys as role models to reinforce healthy lifestyle and wellbeing messages.

The club contributes over 800 player hours per school year to support school curriculum activities, sporting clinics, school assemblies and a variety of other activities.