EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE ACKNOWLEDGES LEADING TEACHERS

Educators Take Initiative to Engage Students in Healthy Choices Awareness Project  CHICAGO–Walgreen’s Expressions Educator Tributes honors teachers in Chicago and St. Louis markets for their participation in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge (Expressions), an annual incentive-based program aimed at increasing teen health awareness and healthy choices to live and be well.  Over 75 educators have taken part in […]

(l to r) Walgreens Expressions Challenge Representative Martina L. Smith, Homewood-Flossmoor Superintendent Dr. E. Von Mansfield, Homewood-Flossmoor Teacher Jeanne Miller, and Walgreens Store Manager Mark Harrison take a photo following Miller's recognition from the Walgreens Expressions Challenge for her dedication to the annual teen health initiative sponsored by Walgreens.

(l to r) Walgreens Expressions Challenge Representative Martina L. Smith, Homewood-Flossmoor Superintendent Dr. E. Von Mansfield, Homewood-Flossmoor Teacher Jeanne Miller, and Walgreens Store Manager Mark Harrison take a photo following Miller’s recognition from the Walgreens Expressions Challenge for her dedication to the annual teen health initiative sponsored by Walgreens.

Educators Take Initiative to Engage Students in Healthy Choices Awareness Project

 CHICAGO–Walgreen’s Expressions Educator Tributes honors teachers in Chicago and St. Louis markets for their participation in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge (Expressions), an annual incentive-based program aimed at increasing teen health awareness and healthy choices to live and be well.  Over 75 educators have taken part in the initiative to implement Expressions as a class project within their high school classrooms.  The Expressions team selects teachers from both markets who have had the most impact on the program during the contest year to award with a $100 Walgreens Gift Card and Certificate of Appreciation.

In partnership with school principals and other school officials, Walgreens Expressions team members and store managers surprise the selected teachers either during a staff meeting, school assembly or in-class with their rewards.  Unsuspecting teachers have appreciated this positive recognition to end their school year.

Listed below are exemplary educators for whom congratulations are in order for going above and beyond the call of their participation duty:

Chicago

  • Steve Vidal, Benito Juarez High School (CPS)
  • Jenny Brown, Mather High School (CPS)
  • Jeanne Miller, Homewood Flossmor High School

 St. Louis                                                                                                         

  • Melshonda Lowe, Northwest Law Academy (SLPS)
  • Tracey Williams, Riverview Gardens School (St. Louis County)

In addition to the Tributes, in January 2013, Expressions honored 12 teachers from the 2012 Expressions Challenge in each market who won $500 each as a result of their student being chosen as a first or second place winner from over 1,000 entry submissions. Six first place winners received $2,000 each, along with $500 for their teachers and $500 for their schools. Six second place winners received $1,250 each, along with $500 for their teachers.

Entrants who submit in the Expressions Challenge can participate individually or in a group to enter their perspective on topics including self-esteem, respect and healthy choices through the categories of Creative Writing, Visual Arts or Media Arts.  Expressions has given away over $100,000 to students, teachers and schools and reached over 100,000 teens, to date.

 ABOUT THE EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE

The Expressions Challenge has run in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), since 2007 and launched in St. Louis for the last two years. This year’s Expressions Challenge offered larger cash prizes, and sought to directly address three key needs: 1) encouraging discussion promoting teen health; 2) boosting public school resources; and 3) cultivating student creativity; and leveraging new technology. More information visit www.ExpressionsChallenge.com.

SIX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED UP TO $2,000 FOR CONTRIBUTING TO TEEN HEALTH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE

Friday, February 1, 2013 Media Contact:  Rachel Strevey                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RStrevey@GoldStarC.com SIX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED UP TO $2,000 FOR CONTRIBUTING TO TEEN HEALTH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE Visual art, multimedia works showcased during a recognition ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center   CHICAGO (Friday, Feb. 1, 2013) – Chicago Public Schools teens received cash prizes […]

Friday, February 1, 2013

Media Contact:  Rachel Strevey                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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SIX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AWARDED UP TO $2,000 FOR CONTRIBUTING

TO TEEN HEALTH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE

Visual art, multimedia works showcased during a recognition ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center  

CHICAGO (Friday, Feb. 1, 2013) – Chicago Public Schools teens received cash prizes up to $2,000 for being leaders in the teen health community at an awards ceremony on Friday, January 25, 2013, 4:30 pm, Chicago Cultural Center’s Millennium Room located at 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602.

Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair gave the keynote address, followed by presentations from Chicago Public Schools and Alderman Carrie Austin.  Guests also included community leaders, school principals and teachers. 

 

Expressions Challenge Winners are:

Angela Trevino – First Place Creative Writing – After School Matters HHW Vocal Arts Project (junior)

Howard Robinson – Second Place Creative Writing  – Corliss High School (senior)

Evonne Weeden – First Place in Visual Arts – Chicago Park District’s Palmer Girls Club (sophomore)

Mara Hontanosas – Second Place Visual Arts – Mather High School (senior)

Gwendolyn Stovall – First Place Multimedia – Lane Technical College Prep High School (sophomore)  

Erika Johnson, Malik Gardener, Ranice Green, and Keri Harwell – Second Place Multimedia – Hyde Park Career Academy (seniors) (group entry)

The winning students’ projects were chosen from over 1,000 entry submissions to the Walgreens Expressions Challenge.  First place winners will receive $2,000 each, along with $500 for their teachers and $500 for their schools. Second place winners will receive $1,250 each, along with $500 for their teachers. Student participants in the Expressions Challenge worked both individually and in groups, to submit Creative Writing, Visual Art and Multimedia entries, expressing themselves on teen implications from the root of teen issues to low self-esteem.PRESSSHOT_01252013Expressions_CHICAGO_Awards-Ceremony9516Lizz_Giordano

 Top Row, L-R: Darren Benton, Mary Beth Szydlowski, Woman Name Unknown, Howard Robinson, Keri Harwell, Robin Robinson, Ericka Johnson, John Gremer, Gwendolyn Stovall, Alderwoman Carrie Austin, Evonne Weeden, Comissioner of Health Dr. Bechara Choucair

Bottom Row, L-R: Mara Hontanosas, Malik Gardener, Ranice Green, Angela Trevino

 

CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2013) – Winners of the 2012 Walgreens Expressions Challenge pose with representatives from Walgreens, Chicago City Hall, and Chicago Public Schools. Students received cash prizes for creatively voicing their opinions on the challenges teens face when making healthy relationship decisions in the categories of art, essay/poetry and video/photography, last Friday, January 25, 2012 at the Chicago Cultural Center.   More than $100,000 have been awarded to students, teachers and schools in the Chicagoland area through the Expressions Challenge and this year over 1000 students participated. Learn more about the Expressions Challenge at www.ExpressionsChallenge.com.

 

ABOUT THE EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE

The Expressions Challenge has run in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), since 2007 and in St. Louis for the second year.  To date, the program has given away over $100,000 to students, teachers and schools and has reached more than 100,000 teens. This year’s Expressions Challenge offered larger cash prizes, and sought to directly address three key needs: 1) encouraging discussion promoting teen health; 2) boosting public school resources; and 3) cultivating student creativity; and leveraging new technology. For more information visit www.ExpressionsChallenge.com.

ABOUT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

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CPS Will Educate 1,500 Students On HIV/AIDS At World AIDS Day Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 29, 2010 Media Contact: Martina Smith Office Phone: (312) 588-3361 Mobile Phone: (708) 250-1702 Email: Msmith@GoldStarC.com After School Matters acting ensemble to perform compelling awareness skit entitled “What Would You Do?” CHICAGO – December 1, 2010 – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host 1,500 seventh through 12th grade students for […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 29, 2010

Media Contact: Martina Smith
Office Phone: (312) 588-3361
Mobile Phone: (708) 250-1702
Email: Msmith@GoldStarC.com

After School Matters acting ensemble to perform compelling awareness skit entitled “What Would You Do?”

CHICAGO – December 1, 2010 – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host 1,500 seventh through 12th grade students for a World AIDS Day 2010 Teen Summit to educate students on the HIV and AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, December 1, from 9:55 AM to 12:30 PM.

The CPS teen summit is a platform to educate students on the realities of the HIV and AIDS and other STIs through a series of expert teaching sessions, informative skits and personal testimonials. Speakers and panelists will include: Chicago Department of Public Health STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Manager Yaa Simpson; Pediatric of Adolescent Medicine Dr. Margo Bell; HIV Advocates David Robertson and Joe Imbert, who also represents the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. In addition, the After School Matters acting ensemble will perform a captivating vignette entitled “What Would You Do?”, following a performance by local entertainer Verbal Kwest. Experts and advocates will come together to use this summit as an open forum to discuss the epidemic with students. The aim of the summit is to arm students with the facts to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS and other STIs.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, youth between 13 and 24 years of age represent 22 percent of the newly diagnosed HIV cases in Chicago, as reported in 2008. Ten to 19 year olds accounted for 11,633 of the reported cases for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Chicago.

In addition to the teen summit, CPS partners with Walgreens and TrueStar Magazine annually to engage students in the HIV/AIDS discussion through the Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Awareness Art & Literacy Contest, which concluded on November 14. The Expressions finalists will be announced prior to the conclusion of the “summit”.

Expressions is an annual initiative focused on motivating teens 13 to 18 to creatively express their views on HIV/AIDS and other STIs. The Expressions Contest runs from September to November each year.

About CPS
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 410,000 students in more than 670 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

About Walgreens
Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63.3 billion. The company operates 7,042 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness Division includes: Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About TrueStar Magazine
True Star Foundation strives to be a leader in youth programming by exposing teens to a diverse range of learning environments beneficial to their advancement and community. The foundation has three student operated and targeted multimedia programs: True Star magazine, the True Star blog site and True Star Radio show on Power 92, a top rated Crawford Broadcast radio station. Each program is designed to promote literacy and entrepreneurialism; cultivate professional and life skills; reduce youth delinquency rates by providing quality resources, training, and encouragement to inspire youth to recognize their full potential and pursue their dreams.

CPS, Walgreens Unveiled the “Stop. Think. Wait.” Poster Campaign

CPS, WALGREENS UNVEILED THE “STOP. THINK. WAIT.” POSTER CAMPAIGN URGING STUDENTS TO THINK BEFORE ENGAGING IN UNPROTECTED SEX CPS Juniors Ronald Johnson, Shamaine Pryor made a desperate appeal to peers to not become another statistic CHICAGO (Friday, May 14, 2010) – Walgreens joined Chicago Public Schools office of specialized services today to unveil a special […]

CPS, WALGREENS UNVEILED THE “STOP. THINK. WAIT.” POSTER CAMPAIGN URGING STUDENTS TO THINK BEFORE ENGAGING IN UNPROTECTED SEX
CPS Juniors Ronald Johnson, Shamaine Pryor made a desperate appeal to peers to not become another statistic

Left to right: Latanza Boarden, Vice Principal of Corliss High School; William Gerstein, Principal of Austin Polytechnical Academy; Ronald Johnson, Junior at Corliss High School; John Gremer, Director of Community Affairs- Walgreens; Shamaine Pryor, Junior at Austin Polytechnical Academy; Pete Subkoviak, Policy Associate at the AIDS Foundation Chicago and Ira Rounsaville, Chicago Public Schools.

CHICAGO (Friday, May 14, 2010) – Walgreens joined Chicago Public Schools office of specialized services today to unveil a special health campaign to promote sexually responsible behavior among students to coincide with the start of prom season. Corliss High School Junior Ronald Johnson utilized his gift as a graphic artist to creatively intermingle the compelling facts of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS, in his self-photographed work entitled “Come Close.” Shamaine Pryor urged her fellow peers to “not feel pressured around prom [to have sex] because the decision is up to you,” just before unveiling the “Stop. Think. Wait” poster with Gremer and Rounsaville. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study, 50% of teenagers felt pressured to have sex during prom season. The Chicago Department of Public Health reports that Chicago ranks #1in the country in cases of gonorrhea among youth, 13-24. The poster campaign will be displayed in every Chicago Public High School as well as in select Walgreens. Walgreens and CPS are long-standing partners in combating the spread of STIs among high school students.

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