Four schools named semifinalists in Spurs Team Up Challenge

October 20, 2015

Four Northside schools are semifinalists in the 2015-2016 Silver & Black Give Back Team Up Challenge – Warren High School and Brauchle, Michael, and Northwest Crossing elementary schools.

Each school team received $2,500 to begin a service-learning project. Eighteen semifinalists were selected in San Antonio based on proposals submitted for projects to improve their communities.

The semifinalists were announced last Friday at the AT&T Center with help from Spurs player Boris Diaw, the Silver Dancers, Rampage Ice Girls, and the Coyote and T-Bone mascots.

In April, five groups will be selected as Champions based on their work within the community and each group will be presented with a check for $20,000 to continue their service-learning projects.

Warren High School

Warren High School is a first-time Team Up Challenge semifinalist for their project “Giving Back Through Carpentry.” Construction technology students will build houses for Habitat for Humanity, five sets of tables and chairs for the Cancer Research Foundation, wooden toy airplanes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, wooden toys and a toy drive for the Elf Louise Christmas Project, and playhouses for the Parade of Playhouse Auction benefitting the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

Brauchle Elementary School

Brauchle Elementary School is also a first-time Team Up Challenge semifinalist. As part of the after-school club Cougar Campers Team Up, students will work with the San Antonio Police Department’s S.A.F.F.E (San Antonio Fear Free Environment) unit to complete multiple community service projects including the Blue Santa Toy Drive, a Christmas photo contest, and other projects involving community safety.

Michael Elementary School

Michael Elementary School is another first-time Team Up Challenge semifinalist for their project Care Kits. GT students and the Student Council will work together to create the kits for foster children and host a drive to collect hygiene products. They’ll also make blankets and bags to hold the items, which they hope ease the transition to foster care by providing necessities for children.

Northwest Crossing Elementary School

Northwest Crossing Elementary School is a first-time semifinalist for their project “Cardinal Care Packs.” The collaborative service learning project with the special education and gifted programs at Northwest Crossing will bring together students in a united effort to ensure that no child is hungry on the weekends. Cardinal Care Packs filled with non-perishable food will be provided to students on weekends and holiday weeks.

Last year, Northside had three teams selected as Team Up Challenge Champions – Stevens High School, Construction Careers Academy, and Mead Elementary School.