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Summer Team Up Day 2014

Silver & Black Give Back funded 12 youth serving nonprofits through the Summer Team Up Challenge. They all participated in SBGB’s Team Up Day on Monday, July 7, 2014. Check out the videos below to see all the action:

Team Up Day Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2isvadRkwo&list=UUDHVtaSmF7uda7owjFapCtg&index=7

Team Up Day Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfgUVunXh1Q&index=6&list=UUDHVtaSmF7uda7owjFapCtg

Team Up Day Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_APKShXevg&list=UUDHVtaSmF7uda7owjFapCtg&index=5

Team Up Day Part IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlKbIddnDFQ&index=4&list=UUDHVtaSmF7uda7owjFapCtg

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2013-2014 Team Up Challenge Champions Announced

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Team Up Challenge Champions!

Last fall, 20 Team Up Challenge semifinalists received $2,500 to help start their service learning projects. Five schools received $20,000 to continue their projects. The five Champions were selected based on presentations made to the Team Up Challenge review committee, online voting and overall commitment to making a community impact over the course of the academic year.

2013-14 TEAM UP CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS:

Harris Middle School (NEISD): The Harris Middle School Green Team worked to expand their garden this year. The class maintains the Harris Community Garden, which harvests organic produce and has student-led composting and vermicomposting teams. The group regularly hosts community education classes to teach their peers and adults how to create their own garden. Additionally, the group hosts weekly farmers markets with items from the Harris Community Garden. With the $20,000 the group plans to install a state of the art greenhouse and an outdoor kitchen to offer summer cooking classes.

Rodriguez Elementary School (Seguin ISD): The second graders at Rodriguez Elementary School started Baking with Books to read books that correspond to curriculum and bake a recipe that relates to that book. The group visited different community organizations to deliver their baked goods, learn about the services provided and to volunteer with the organization. Baking with Books visited a senior citizens center, the local fire department, the humane society and more throughout the school year. The group plans to use the award money to continue their outreach efforts.

Stevens High School (NISD): When the Gifted/Talent Leadership program discovered that several hundred students at their campus have family members deployed abroad in our Armed Services the group created Operation From Stevens With Love. The program works to send custom-made care packages to soldiers overseas. The group recruited the entire Stevens campus of more than 3,000 students in the project, to include high school newspapers, recordings of band performances and the essentials like socks and shampoo in care packages. With the $20,000, Operation from Stevens With Love will continue sending care packages and grow the program to include the feeder middle and elementary schools.

Wilson Elementary School (SAISD): Wilson Elementary is close to being considered within a food desert, meaning no grocery store is located within a mile of the campus. The students decided to create a Garden Club and planted 16 garden beds to harvest fall, winter and spring crops. The students provide their fresh produce – which included over 60 pounds of lettuce, broccoli, beets, carrots, peas and more – to families of students at the school who may not be able to afford fresh, organic produce. With the $20,000 the group will be able to operate their community garden throughout the summer, start a young master gardeners program and continue to maintain their gardens for years to come.

Zachry Middle School (NISD):  Zachry Middle School’s Community of Readers wants to increase literacy levels within their district. The group has partnered with Knowlton Elementary, one of their feeder schools, to start an after school mentor program. The Zachry Middle School students visit Knowlton Elementary every other week to read with the children. The group discovered many students do not own age appropriate books at home. As part of the project, Zachry students read a book together with Knowlton students and each Knowlton student takes a copy of that book home with them. With the $20,000 the group will be able to expand their reading program to other elementary schools within their district.

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Rampage help Stevens HS with military care packages

Students from “Operation from Stevens with Love” spent an afternoon putting together care packages for deployed men and women with the San Antonio Rampage’s Jon Matsumoto and Michael Caruso.

The two Rampage players helped students pack toiletries, movies, magazines, snacks and more for family members of students and staff at Stevens High School who are serving abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Zachry Middle School promotes literacy with Jeff Ayres

Zachry Middle School’s Community of Readers spends one afternoon every other week encouraging reading with the after school kids at Knowltan Elementary. San Antonio Spurs center Jeff Ayres joined the students. He read about race cars, built a mini-basketball hoop and a mini-race car!

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Chef Jason Dady treats Metzger Middle School and Marco Belinelli to cooking demonstration

Metzger Middle School’s “Mustang Muscle” club wants to inspire their community to live healthy lifestyles. This means staying active but also eating right. San Antonio Spurs’ guard Marco Belinelli joined the students at Chef Dady’s new Umai Mi restaurant to try some easy, healthy dishes.

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Jeff Ayres stays active with Brewer Elementary

Brewer Elementary does not have a playground. Students spend recess on a grassy field or cement slab in back of their school. Third graders have decided to become “recess coaches” to help stay fit, and San Antonio Spurs center Jeff Ayres joined in the fun!

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Stevens High School Can-struction

Students from Operation From Stevens With Love are spreading the word in their district about sending care packages to soldiers overseas. They went to Brennan High School for their can-struction competition and rocked the Team Up Challenge logo.

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