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Shaw Communications presented a cheque at Surrey’s Green Timbers Elementary, with excited students on-hand, as well as (left to right) Chethan Lakshman (vice-president, external affairs, Shaw Communications), Surrey Board of Education chair Laurie Larsen, Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Marvin Hunt, Scott Tupper (captain, Team Canada field hockey) and Steve Mesler (co-founder, president and CEO, Classroom Champions).
Surrey Schools and Classroom Champions are connecting thousands of elementary school students with world-class athletes thanks to a new partnership with Shaw Communications. The $720,000 investment from Shaw will enable students from across the Surrey school district to engage with Olympians and Paralympians through Classroom Champions award-winning scaled mentorship program.
As a result of Shaw's support, this partnership will engage over 6,000 students and 150 teachers over the next three years. Classrooms will be paired with athlete mentors for the duration of the school year, where they will participate in virtual mentorship sessions to help students strengthen their social and emotional skills, ultimately resulting in higher student engagement, improved academic achievement and a decrease in bullying.
"We are so excited to be expanding this program across the district" says Laurie Larsen, Chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education. "We have heard such positive stories from our teachers previously involved in the program, and seen firsthand the incredible impact this program has had on our students. We look forward to building on this success as we bring more Surrey classrooms into the program. With Classroom Champions, students are improving their goal setting and their perseverance and are more engaged as they see and hear from their athlete mentors the work it takes to succeed whether in sport, in the community, at home or in school."
"Shaw Communications came forward with an incredible plan of support, allowing us to make sure more kids in Surrey feel connected to a mentor who understands the lessons needed to succeed in school and in life," says Steve Mesler, Founder and CEO of Classroom Champions. "We wanted to expand in Surrey for a long time; the administration and teachers were excited, and we just needed the resources from the right partner."
"Classroom Champions inspires students and gives them the confidence and self-esteem to realize that they can do anything they set their mind to — no matter where they come from," says Chethan Lakshman, Vice President, External Affairs, Shaw Communications. "This partnership connects thousands more kids in Surrey with some of the world's best athletes while helping them recognize their own potential and learn that no dream is too big."
Classroom Champions is an international mentorship program that connects classrooms with incredible athletes to teach kids focus, decision making, and belonging so they can shine in and out of school. Over the past nine years, Classroom Champions athlete mentors have mentored over 2,800 Western Canadian students and have reached over 1 million students across North America. Through Classroom Champions Scaled Mentorship platform - athletes provide monthly videos to their student mentees on topics ranging from leadership to perseverance, connected via live video chats and in-person school visits, and messaged on public and private social media. Learn more about Classroom Champions here.