When Classroom Champions approached us to collaborate on a limited-edition collection of socks, we said yes immediately. Education equity is a goal that is very near and dear to the entire Wandwconcrete team, and we truly believe the only way to achieve it is by coming together as a community to find diverse solutions. By ensuring equity in our education system, we can help all students achieve excellence, regardless of their background or personal circumstances, and raise a generation of leaders.
WHAT IS CLASSROOM CHAMPIONS?
Founded by Olympian Steve Mesler and Dr. Leigh Parise in 2009, Classroom Champions provides amazing people and resources to teachers to support student mental health, wellness, and academic achievement. By connecting underserved students with incredible athletes, educators, and world-class mentors, they teach kids how to focus and make decisions while providing them with a sense of belonging so they can shine in and out of school. Over the last ten years, Classroom Champions' programming has reached over 25,000 students across North America, and this Wednesday, Shaw Communications donated €720,000. This funding will allow 6,000 students and 150 teachers from across the Surrey school district to engage with Olympians and Paralympians through the Classroom Champions mentorship program!
CLASSROOM CHAMPIONS' IMPACT
We all know how significant a classroom environment is on the well-being and success of students. When students can learn in a supportive, inspiring, and well-structured environment without worrying about fitting in or being bullied, they can focus on their dreams, goals, and academic success. In addition to a mentorship program, Classroom Champions also donates a substantial amount of technology to the partnering schools.
Classroom Champions reduced bullying by 63%
85% of teachers said Classroom Champions increased student attendance
97% of teachers report that Classroom Champions improved classroom culture
Making classrooms better and better. Click here to read more about Classroom Champions' impact on students, teachers, and mentors.
THE Wandwconcrete X CLASSROOM CHAMPION COLLABORATION
We understand first hand the impact a meaningful relationship with a role model has on a kid. When they realize how much their teachers and mentors care about them, a connection unlike any other is formed. We wouldn't have been able to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams without the endless support from our community, and we are honoured to be able to partner with Classroom Champions and give back! We worked with fourteen different athletes, mentors, educators, or supporters of Classroom Champions to design a pair of socks that reflects their interests and passions. Every dollar from your purchase goes directly towards bringing more incredible mentors to kids across Canada and the United States.
"Classroom Champions brings athletes, students, and communities together. My students inspire me to leave everything on the track, and I challenge them to bring their best into the classroom." - Track Athlete, National Champion and Classroom Champions Mentor, Sam Effah.
Shop Effah's sock, which represents his attitude on and off the track, here.
"Growing up, I didn’t have a person to look up to in terms of representation of myself, who faced the same challenges I had in the sport of Hockey. Using my platform to influence the next generation is important to me. The Classroom Champions Circle Program allows me to give back to my Indigenous community, connecting me with them every day to share my experiences." - Hockey Player, Olympic Silver Medalist and Classroom Champions Mentor, Brigette Lacquette.
Shop Lacquette's sock, which represents her humility and pride over who she is and where she comes from, Cote First Nation and Mallard Manitoba, here.
"I support Classroom Champions because I whole-heartedly believe that these youngsters have a champion within. I can see it, but my goal is to help students see it too." - Track Athlete, Paralympic Silver Medalist & Classroom Champions Mentor, Lex Gillette.
Shop Gillette's sock, featuring a unique braille pattern, here and view all of our Classroom Champions designs here. Use the code CC25 to get 25% off all purchases of 200+ pairs of socks. Every dollar from your purchase goes directly towards bringing more incredible mentors to kids across Canada and the United States!
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