The Toyota Cowboys’ NRL squad have finished up their Adopt-a-School visits for 2014 by dropping in on schools in Townsville, Charters Towers, Bowen and the Burdekin this week, thanks to program partner Stockland.

Now in an ambassador role with the Cowboys, recently retired Test and Origin star Brent Tate had the honour of completing the last visits on Wednesday when he met up with students and staff at Merinda, Gumlu and Home Hill state schools.

After spending the day at schools in Charters Towers on Monday, Tatey was at Ayr State School, East Ayr State School and St Francis Primary School, thanks to the support of Wilmar Sugar, on Tuesday.

Indigenous year six and year seven students at Kirwan State School had some one-on-one contact with co-captain Johnathan Thurston, who spoke to them about to what expect at high school and the importance of embracing their culture.

New Cowboy Ben Hannant dropped in for his first visit at Ryan Catholic College and helped to referee some very keenly contested basketball games, while Jake Granville was made very welcome at his new school, the Townsville Community Learning Centre.

At Marian Catholic School, Michael Morgan helped out the year twos with some Christmas craft work and Robert Lui joined in a rugby league skills session at Weir State School.

The Adopt-a-School program ties in with the NRL’s Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well health initiative which aims to use the profile of rugby league to influence school-aged children to make positive choices surrounding their health and well-being.

Schools that have signed up to be part of Adopt-a-School design activities for their monthly player visits that match the Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well theme.

Before each visit, the school provides an update on activities they have planned for their player, who then ensures the school gets the most out of his visit.

Thanks to all of our schools and school coordinators who took part in this year’s program!