SAISD student groups sweep up as Spurs Team Up Challenge Champions

SAISD student groups sweep up as Spurs Team Up Challenge Champions

Student groups at four SAISD schools – Brackenridge and Edison high schools and Lowell and Rhodes middle schools – were awarded $20,000 by Silver & Black Give Back during surprise visits to their campuses on April 12 to announce that they were the 2012-13 Team Up Challenge Champions.

Silver & Black Give Back, a public charity that invests in the community in partnership with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams, selected only five winning projects from a pool of 20 semifinalists. The five Champions were selected based on their service throughout the year, online voting and the recommendations of a review committee that heard presentations from all the semifinalists earlier in the week.

The Team Up Challenge encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Students create projects that address needs that will help improve their community in one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness or Uniformed Services. Each of the semifinalists received $2,500 last fall to implement a service- learning project.

Here are the winning SAISD teams and information about the projects that made them Champions:

Brackenridge High School: Fierce, Fit & Fabulous Club

Girls at Brackenridge worked to combat negative body image in teenage girls and aimed to make being healthy and fit a goal for teenagers. The group encouraged healthy eating habits and hosted Community Saturdays to promote staying active. They will use the $20,000 to purchase more workout equipment and help other schools start Fierce, Fit & Fabulous clubs.

Edison High School: E=mc2
Of the 60 percent of seniors who will graduate from Edison High School, only one-third will attend college.  E=mc2 is trying to change that statistic by educating each other and their peers about how pursuing a math or science degree can change their future. They will use the $20,000 to fund college field trips, host college fairs and expand their mentoring program with Twain Middle School from 60 to 120 students.

Lowell Middle School: Science Club

The Science Club created a community garden on its campus and educated the community on green, healthy living by encouraging them to recycle and reduce their carbon footprint. The club plans to use the $20,000 to build a greenhouse and plant a fruit orchard on campus.

Rhodes Middle School: National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society spent at least one hour a week with each class at the Carvajal Early Childhood Education Center. Club members hosted book fairs and family literacy nights for Carvajal and implemented a reading program at their own school to encourage their peers to read more. With the $20,000, the NJHS will create a summer reading program with the Boys & Girls Club so its members can continue serving the young children in their neighborhood and continue their literacy program with Carvajal in 2013-14.