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…

New school-age curriculum a hit with Champions students

According to Champions Site Director (and Legacy Award winner) Leslie Baar, our new school-age curriculum is a real hit with students at her program in Loveland, Ohio. Children enjoy the new activities and daily challenges while staff love the ability to pick and choose activities the most excite their students. But don’t just take our…

Champions student finds she’s got the “write” stuff

When St. Columban School Champions Site Director Porschaé Whitaker and her team in Loveland, Ohio, started using the new school-age curriculum, they focused on one of our Service Values: “I care about the specific needs of each child at my site.” Little did they know that focus would lead to a breakthrough for one student.…