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.