Students at schools in Weyburn and southeastern Saskatchewan will get a chance to work with athletes one-on-one, thanks to technology and a program called Classroom Champions.
It 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.
Sam Effah is a Canada Games Gold Medal-winning Canadian sprinter who has served as a mentor to students for several years.
He says Classroom Champions helps the students reach many goals.
“It’s an amazing program,” said Effah. “The whole premise behind it is to create a relationship with classrooms. And it’s prolonged.”
Assiniboia Park Elementary School teacher Kendra Gonczy says this program has been invaluable for her students in Weyburn.
She says athletes like Effah inspire her students – in good times and bad.
“Sam (Effah) talks to them about certain things he struggled with as an athlete,” said Gonczy. “It’s very interesting how much it coincides with what we do in school. Like leadership and healthy living and community – and perseverance is a huge one.”
Gonczy says having someone like an athlete inspire kids directly in their classrooms is an opportunity many students never forget.
“They remember it,” said Gonzcy. “I taught some kids three years ago and they remember leadership. And they remember setting goals. Even if they were little goals, they set them and reached them and we celebrated them. And they remember that”
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With the support of Crescent Point Energy, Classrooms Champions currently supports teachers and classroom in Weyburn, Shaunavon, Consul, Gull Lake, Eastend, and Cabri.