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CCUSD students give back to community through the Superintendent's Challenge

6/14/17

NORTH VALLEY – The students of the Cave Creek Unified School District completed 15,521.11 community service hours through the Superintendent's Challenge in the 2016-17 school year.

Dr. Debbi Burdick, CCUSD Superintendent, implemented the Superintendent's Challenge in the 2012-2013 school year. The Challenge started with Cactus Shadows High School students and Sonoran Trails Middle School Students. CSHS students who earned 200 hours by their senior year would receive an honor cord to wear at graduation.

In the 2014-15 school year, Burdick furthered the Challenge for CSHS students – any CSHS student who completed 200 hours in one school year would receive a Varsity Letter. Dr. Burdick noted that, "Completing 200 hours of community service on top of academic responsibilities and membership in clubs and athletics is meaningful, yet hard work, and so deserving of a Varsity Letter. The students who complete 200+ hours are an inspiration to their peers and adults in our community."

Sonoran Trails Middle School Students, 7th and 8th grades, need to accrue 25 hours for each school year to complete the Challenge for that school year. The 7th grade students receive a certificate and pin and are recognized by the Superintendent at their Awards Ceremony. The 8th grade students are recognized by the Superintendent at their promotion ceremony with a certificate and medal.

In the 2014-15 school year, the Challenge was opened up for the 5th and 6th grades at all five CCUSD elementary schools. The elementary students who accrue 15 hours in one school year are recognized by the Superintendent with a certificate, either at an awards ceremony or in their classroom.

Black Mountain Elementary School Principal Matt Owsley said, "It is great being in a district that realizes the importance of developing children academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Not only do we talk about character, but we value actions that are at the foundation of great character."

Burdick said, "I couldn't be prouder of our 330 CCUSD students who met the challenge and gave back over 15,000 hours of service to our community. They are raising the bar for the future and are exemplars for our younger students – congratulations!"