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The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys were out in force today for Adopt-a-School, visiting schools throughout the Townsville region, thanks to program partner Stockland Townsville.

It was a Monday morning with a difference for Shalom Christian College's adopted Cowboy Ray Thompson, who joined in the healthy eating conversations with a Year 3 class who were learning about food groups.

Led by teacher, and ex-Cowboy from the original 1995 squad Shane Christensen, the class raced the clock in a fun food-chart board game, before a Thompson-inspired cooking demonstration making delicious banana smoothies!

Meanwhile, current Cowboys captain Gavin Cooper visited the Year 5 and 6B students at Hermit Park State School, where he joined in with the class as they worked on some online animation.

This was followed up with a Q&A session where Coops confessed to being a big eater on account of his struggles to put on size during the season.

After fielding questions about food – in the "Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well" theme – injuries and footy, the students took their beloved adopted Cowboy out for a fun game of tag, where the NRL veteran had his work cut out for him chasing down the runaway fifth- and sixth-graders!

Shane Wright went along to Calvary Christian College to visit the prep class. Shane helped students with their journal writing, played sight word games and read a story book.  Prep students beamed with pride when Shane sat down beside them, read their weekend recounts and asked questions about their work. 

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.