Challenge Day programs were held at Westerville Central, North and South high schools this week, where students learned how to listen, share, and appreciate themselves and others for who they really are. Over the past eight years, Challenge Day has made a difference in the lives of more than 4,000 Westerville students and helped to create a school climate that fosters greater understanding and acceptance.
All financial support for Challenge Day is and has been raised privately with donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and fund-raisers. The program is also 100% volunteer driven by the adults who sign up to spend a day with Westerville students each year. Teachers who are passionate about Challenge Day at each high school also volunteer their time to help with this program, which is organized by educator Stephanie Martin.
Seven years ago, the late Cindy Crowe established a non-profit organization (Westerville Education Challenge) to help raise funds to ensure that Challenge Day returns to Westerville schools every year. “We are fortunate that a dedicated group of parents continue to keep Cindy’s dream alive,” said Martin.