New Champions site opens in new San Diego school

Champions Area Manager Amanda Carlson and some of her students show off the new program (and new school) at Jonas Salk Elementary in San Diego.

Champions Area Manager Amanda Carlson and some of her students show off the new program (and new school) at Jonas Salk Elementary in San Diego.

The start of a new school year can be a challenging, exciting time in Champions programs. New families and new staff are intermingling and starting new relationships. While that’s enough to test any teacher, imagine adding a whole new campus with 700 new little faces to the mix.

Yes, this can be daunting for anyone but for Area Manager Amanda Carlson, this presented an opportunity to show how Champions can be part of a great new school – Jonas Salk Elementary – in San Diego County.

Carlson partnered with Salk Elementary to open a before- and after-school and a preschool program.

The weeks prior to the grand opening were busy: filled with hiring and training quality staff for the Champions programs, coordinating equipment deliveries and set-ups, and participating in strategic planning meetings with Champions staff and Salk administrators.

She kicked off the first week of school festivities by supplying a “Breakfast of Champions” to Salk’s new teaching and administrative staff.

“No doubt they embraced the thoughtful act!” said Sylvia Benoit, Champions’ quality and accreditation advisor. “Our Champions staff proved their commitment to a successful opening by assisting Salk staff with their individual needs of set-up and assisting with supervision during breakfast and lunch hours. After all, it does take a village!”

San Diego Unified School District had long awaited this school’s opening and media coverage was plentiful on the first day of school on September 8. Carlson was even included in the interview list at the request of school administrators.

“Salk Elementary radiates anticipation and promise and Champions is part of this excitement and positive change for children,” said Benoit.

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