Up to a half-million people crowded the streets along and adjacent to the 2-mile parade route to celebrate the Seattle Seahawks’ recent Super Bowl win — not to mention the 77,000 who packed CenturyLink and Safeco Fields early for the rally afterward. Twenty percent of Boeing’s workforce was among the mass, along with more than one-third of Seattle Public Schools’ students. The remaining students watched the event in their classrooms. They were witness to a historic event of civic pride — not one arrest was made, even in the ensuing crush of traffic out of the city during the afternoon rush hour.

But this wasn’t just any skip day: Seattle should learn the Seahawks’ lesson in hard work and perseverance and channel its “12th Man” pride into other aspects of civic life. Keeping our nose to the grindstone will help us go far in achieving our own honors — maybe one or more of those students watching the festivities will win their own Super Bowl for Seattle someday.