Spurs award two NISD schools $40,000 in Team Up Challenge

April 7, 2016

Warren High School and Northwest Crossing Elementary School are champions in the 2016 Silver and Black Give Back Team Up Challenge and each received $20,000 to continue their community service projects.

Students and teachers from both schools were surprised Thursday, April 7 by the Spurs Coyote, several of the Spurs Silver Dancers, and a crew from Spurs Sports and Entertainment.

Last fall, the schools were among 18 local schools named semifinalists in the Team Up Challenge. They received $2,500 each to kick-start a community service project.

On April 4, the teams presented a final report on their projects to a panel of judges at the AT&T Center, and from those presentations, five champions were selected.

Warren High School was a first-time Team Up Challenge semifinalist for their project “Giving Back Through Carpentry.” Construction technology students built 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. NISD-TV showcased some of their work.

Northwest Crossing Elementary School was 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 united students in an effort to ensure that none of their classmates went hungry on the weekends. Cardinal Care Packs filled with non-perishable food were provided to students on weekends and holiday weeks. KSAT-12 highlighted their project.

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

The Team Up Challenge is an initiative of Silver & Black Give Back, and is a youth-led service program. Student projects address needs that will help improve their community in one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, or Uniformed Services. San Antonio Spurs and Rampage players have worked alongside the students to help bring their projects to life.

Visit our Facebook page for an album of pictures from each school’s surprise announcement!