Saddleback Elementary,Maricopa, Arizona
Located 20 miles south of Phoenix, Saddleback Elementary serves pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Its mission is to create a positive and engaging environment where all students continually develop a love for learning.
Now in their second year in the program, Saddleback is lead by their All-Star coach Mrs. Marami Abbadessa. She has integrated The LifeStar Challenge into the P.E. program as well as their after school running club. The entire school, 550 kids, participates in the program. Coach Marami has done an amazing job of creating a fun and positive atmosphere that reinforces our 3 Healthy Habits and encourages each of the kids to become LifeStars!
Fort Thomas Elementary,San Carlos, Arizona
Fort Thomas Elementary is located on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southwest Arizona. 100% of the school’s population is Native American and aims to empower students to achieve holistically and become influential citizens. They do so by effectively educating academically, culturally, emotionally and socially through rigorous instruction.
Daylene Anderson has lead The LifeStar Challenge for the last two years at the school. She serves as the school’s Health Coordinator and works with the San Carlos Diabetes Program. Students run laps during their recesses and the top runners from each class are recognized and awarded with prizes at monthly school assemblies. Daylene teaches the health component once a month with the student classes. Last January, the top runners and their families received free entry into the community’s Color Dash 5k race.
Private and Parochial Schools
St. Francis Xavier School, Phoenix, Arizona
St. Francis fosters a learning environment with community members that responds generously to helping children learn and develop. St. Francis sees spiritual formation as integrally connected to the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of the whole child. The excellent educational traditions of St. Francis are strongly supported by the families in the community.
The St Francis community is also very receptive to The LifeStar Challenge program. One of the ways that St. Francis shows its support for the Healthy LifeStars program is through its policy of allowing the children in the program to proudly wear their stars and lanyard with their uniforms. With a very strict uniform policy, this is a true testament of their support. At St. Francis and other private schools, they are always looking for and are usually successful at finding parents to volunteer to assist the LifeStar Coach in managing the program.
National Organizations with Local Community Presence
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Barker and Paiute Branches, Scottsdale, Arizona
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn, grow and have fun. It is a place where futures are started each and every day. In every community, boys and girls find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. Today there is an increasing number of children who are at home with no adult care or supervision. These young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
The LifeStar Challenge program is offered at the Barker and Paiute Branches by implementing all the program’s standard messages of goal setting, good nutrition and physical fitness. The program is set up as an elective that students can sign up for during their afterschool program and is run twice a week.
The Salvation Army Corps in Arizona and Nevada & Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Arizona
In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. The goal was to create centers that could be supported by the community, allow children and families to be exposed to different people, and to provide activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. The Kroc centers have been known to have recreational activities such as ice arenas, gymnasiums, pools, rock climbing walls, performing arts theaters, internet-based libraries, computer labs, and a school for visual and performing arts. When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army, by far the largest charitable gift ever given to the Army, and the largest single gift given to any single charity at one time. The initial disbursements of this bequest began in January 2005. From the very beginning, The Salvation Army envisioned this as a long-term project that could take up to 10 or 15 years to have all of the centers open and operational. No other U.S. charity – faith-based or otherwise –has ever undertaken such a sweeping fundraising or construction effort with the potential to impact millions of people.
The Salvation Army runs The LifeStar Challenge program at 18 Corps across Arizona and Nevada. It is integrated into their afterschool program with most sites running the program 4-5 times a week. The objective is to use the program to introduce the children to living an active healthy life. They will also be using our program as an enhancement to other programs The Salvation Army is already running. Our partnership with The Salvation Army also includes expansion of The LifeStar Challenge to other Corps around the country. We are excited about this partnership and opportunity to bring the program to kids nationwide.
Community Non-Profit Organizations
Scholars Unlimited, Denver, Colorado
Scholars Unlimited is a year-round extended learning program used by twenty Denver elementary schools to provide high-quality reading, language and math tutoring, enrichment, and family literacy to 2000 children and their families each year.
Scholars Unlimited has programs that are designed to produce strong outcomes for its participants. Students and their parents overwhelmingly agree that they are better equipped to be successful at school by participating in these programs. Results of pre and post achievement testing confirm these impressions.
A participant of the Healthy LifeStars program since 2010, the program supports the Scholars Unlimited goals of helping to improve student achievement and enrichment. The LifeStar Challenge is offered after school during the school year and within their summer program.