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Published by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation

Classroom Champions program seeks to help more students in SE

Posted: 04/24/17 1:49pm CST
Photo credit: Andrew Neel

With the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea around the corner, Classroom Champions is looking to leverage the excitement surrounding the games by accepting new applications for outstanding educators to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. Starting in September 2017, Kindergarten to Grade 8 teachers in Weyburn and southeastern Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to partner with Canadian Olympians and Paralympians thanks to the continued commitment of Crescent Point Energy. Classroom Champions pairs teachers with Canadian Olympians and Paralympians who use video lessons and live video chats to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals, and dream big. Classroom Champions is the first program of its kind in Canada to bring these elite athletes into schools to provide ongoing mentorship. As part of the program, participating classrooms are equipped with the latest technology tools to help teachers incorporate digital engagement into their curriculum. “We strongly believe in the Classroom Champions program and appreciate the positive impact it has not only on the students involved, but the athletes and teachers as well. The program teaches kids valuable life lessons, instills confidence and emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community,” said Scott Saxberg, President and CEO of Crescent Point Energy. “We’re excited to continue our support in Weyburn and southeast Saskatchewan.” Kendra Gonczy, a teacher at Assiniboia Park Elementary School, has participated in the Classroom Champions program for several years and knows how much the program offers her and her students. “I have seen Classroom Champions inspire a lot of my students to be their best in all they do,” said Gonczy. “I have had incredible experience with both of our previous mentors. They have been so kind and personable to me and my students. I am forever grateful for this opportunity!”

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