Zachry Middle School and Stevens High School are among 20 semifinalists in the San Antonio area for the Spurs Team Up Challenge, an initiative that encourages schools to implement community and service projects.
Each school received $2,500 to kick-start its project, and at the end of the school year, five teams will be named champions and each will receive $20,000.
“We are very proud of Stevens and Zachry for being recognized as Team Up Challenge semifinalists,” said Northside Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “These students will have tremendous learning opportunities over the next several months as they work to implement their service-based projects in their communities.”
The schools did not know they were semifinalists officially until the big announcement came earlier this week during a special presentation at the AT&T Center complete with the Rampage mascot T-Bone, members of the Spurs Silver Dance Team, and a crew from Spurs Sports and Entertainment.
Here is how each school plans to improve the community:
Zachry MS- The Zachry Community of Readers Club has partnered with the non-profit First Book to provide free books to economically disadvantaged students in their feeder pattern. Students will practice their public speaking and reading skills by visiting elementary schools.
Pictured is the Zachry Community of Readers Club accepting their check at the AT&T Center.
Stevens HS- With their project, “Operation: from Stevens with Love,” the GT Leadership Class hopes the entire school will get involved in sending care packages to deployed family members from Stevens HS. They will host drives to solicit donations, but will also turn to their fellow clubs and organizations to contribute items that will keep families up-to-date with Stevens activities- schools newspapers, videos, choir CDs, and even baked goods from culinary arts.
Pictured is the Stevens HS GT Leadership Team accepting their check at the AT&T Center.
The Team Up Challenge is part of the Spurs Sports and Entertainment organization’s Silver and Black Give Back public charity.
As the school groups work on their projects over the next few months, they may receive visits and encouragement from players, coaches, and mascots, and also receive tickets to Spurs, Rampage, Silver Stars or Toros games.
Last year, Carson Elementary School was named a Team Up Challenge Champion and received $20,000 for their efforts bringing Family Fitness Fridays and health and fitness awareness to their campus.
Visit Northside’s Facebook page for an album of pictures from the big reveal at the AT&T Center.