Six schools awarded Team Up Challenge grants

November 4, 2016

Six Northside schools have been awarded grants totaling more than $51,000 to implement service-learning projects on their campuses in the 2016-2017 Team Up Challenge.

Brennan High School; Neff, Pease and Rudder middle schools; and Mireles and Ward elementary schools are six of 34 schools and nonprofit organizations selected to receive $240,000 in funding by the public charity Silver and Black Give Back, affiliated with Spurs Sports and Entertainment. Each group submitted a proposal for a specific amount of funding for a project to improve their community. These projects span a broad range of community needs including providing support for literacy efforts, aiding military and families, and serving the underprivileged.

In April 2017, one group will be awarded an additional $10,000 as Team Up Challenge MVP.

Brennan High School

Brennan High School’s Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K) club, uses the power of kindness and compassion to make a difference in the surrounding community. The club will partner with organizations inside and outside of the school to create “blessing bags” for people in local homeless, domestic violence, and children’s shelters. Students will collect donations, purchase items, coordinate visits, and distribute bags to those in need throughout the year.

Mireles Elementary School

The “Knights in Shining Armor” at Mireles Elementary School have chosen to serve families who have loved ones in the hospital for extended amounts of time. This issue is important to them because many of them have faced this situation in the past. Students will bring meals to Fisher House during the holiday season to provide food for those families who want to be with their loved ones. Students will set up, serve food, and deliver care packages to the families.

Neff Middle School

Neff Middle School students will create and implement a school-wide recycling program as well as a school habitat and ecosystem. Students will be responsible for every step of the process from planning to execution.

Pease Middle School

Students at Pease Middle School have a passion for increasing literacy in their community. They will build and stock a “Little Free Library” in their area that will provide access to age-appropriate books and magazines for kids. Students will also make trips to one of their feeder elementary schools, Adams Hill Elementary School, and become reading buddies with students there.

Rudder Middle School

The Rudder Middle School Rangers have chosen to help refugee families in their school, as many struggle both academically and to feel included. That’s why the students will implement the Rudder CONNECTS International Vegetable Garden. This project will provide at least 30 families with a garden plot on the school campus. Students will aid the families in planting, maintaining, and harvesting their vegetables as well as hosting community events at the school.

Ward Elementary School

Students at Ward Elementary School want to help increase the level of literacy in their school and community. To do this, they have chosen to create “Little Free Libraries” around their area. Students will be responsible for deciding on locations, making and decorating the libraries, collecting books, and promoting them to the community.

Last spring, two NISD schools were named Team Up Challenge champions