Champions and the case of the mysterious sign

Champions students at Woodlands Elementary in Kitsap, Wash., made the front page of their local newspaper last month as they tried to solve the mystery of the missing sign. After a heavy snow fall in February, children were exploring the field behind their school when they found a large drive-thru espresso sign abandoned in a…

Community and compassion drive Quality Achievement Award Winner Elena Sciuto’s Champions program

Each year, Champions honors site directors who go above and beyond in creating a high-quality before-and-after school environment. Quality Achievement Award Winner Elena Sciuto, who leads the Champions program at Endeavor Elementary School in Orlando works hard to create a sense of community and togetherness for her students. With lots of love and positive reinforcement, Elena’s students…

Marlboro Champions jump for healthy hearts

Exercise is even more fun when its for a good cause — that’s what the Champions students in Marlboro, N.J. would tell you. Last month, they raised more than $500 for the American Heart Association with their annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Children set jump rope goals for themselves and parents and community members…

Empowerment is the best superpower

Each year, Champions honors site directors who go above and beyond in creating a high-quality before-and-after school environment. Champions has always been a part of Aiko Sato’s life – she grew up attending the program. Now, she leads the program at Cooper Mountain Elementary School in Beaverton, Ore. Aiko stays inspired to be her best by the…

Put children first and the rest falls into place: Meet Champions Quality Achievement Award winner Lynn Houser

Each year, Champions honors site directors who go above and beyond in creating a high quality before-and-after school environment. Quality Achievement Award Winner Lynn Houser, who leads the Champions preschool program at Oakwood Elementary School in Lemont, Ill., believes that as long as every teacher puts the best interests of their students first, everything else…

Grumble the Sock Monster helps kids connect to their community

Charmaine Balaoro, Site Director and Field Coach at Champions in Elk Grove, Calif., wanted to get her students involved in their community this winter. She knew they could make a positive impact, and with a little creativity, she turned her sock drive into something interactive and fun. Thanks to Grumble the Sock Monster, Charmaine and…