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.

ALDERWOMAN CARRIE AUSTIN PRESENTED RESOLUTION TO TEEN STD PREVENTION PROGRAM, THE EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact: Carolyn Tucker February 14, 2013                                                   Email: CTucker@GoldStarC.com ALDERWOMAN CARRIE AUSTIN PRESENTED RESOLUTION TO TEEN STD PREVENTION PROGRAM, THE EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE Walgreen Co. Received Recognition of Achievement on Mission to Raise Awareness through Art Program about Teen Sexual Health Risks Among Chicago Youth (From l to r) Senior Manager, Local Government Relations […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact: Carolyn Tucker

February 14, 2013                                                   Email: CTucker@GoldStarC.com

ALDERWOMAN CARRIE AUSTIN PRESENTED RESOLUTION TO TEEN STD PREVENTION PROGRAM, THE EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE

Walgreen Co. Received Recognition of Achievement on Mission to Raise Awareness through Art Program about Teen Sexual Health Risks Among Chicago Youth

Wag Execs with Alderwoman

(From l to r) Senior Manager, Local Government Relations for Walgreens Donovan W. Pepper; District Manager for Walgreens, Darren Benton; City of Chicago Ward 34 Alderwoman Carrie Austin; Director of Community Affairs for Walgreens, John Gremer.

(From l to r) District Manager for Walgreens, Darren Benton; Senior Vice President of Operations for Walgreens, John Grant; Director of Community Affairs for Walgreens, John Gremer.

CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2013) – Ward 34 Alderwoman Carrie Austin presented the Walgreens Expressions Challenge initiative with a Resolution for their corporate leadership in teen health education and awareness in the Aldermanic Chamber located in City Hall, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.  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 $128,000 to students, teachers and schools and has reached more than 100,000 teens.

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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

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 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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