As a partner in a business that provides healthcare services as well as career and volunteer opportunities in 13 counties, I appreciate the values that The Challenge Program recognizes and rewards. Students who are passionate about things greater than themselves and willing to work hard to achieve their goals are not just good for our company’s future, but they’re good for society’s future. Over the 15 years Quality Life Services has been a TCP sponsor, I have had the blessing of witnessing hundreds of students receive well-deserved awards. I’ve also been the recipient of almost as many thank you cards. It is a truly gratifying endeavor to sponsor this program.
NPC continues to partner with The Challenge Program, Inc. because their mission aligns with our desire to build a bridge between local employment opportunities and the education, experience and character necessary to secure those opportunities. Making the business/education connection is vital in setting up students for success as they embark on the path to their future careers. It’s one of the many ways NPC strives to encourage a strong local community.
Shallenberger Construction and its affiliates are honored to take part in The Challenge Program, Inc. and show our support. It is important to establish those ties with the local youths and show them that we care about the assets that are crucial in their development as students, future professionals and most importantly, becoming quality human beings. We look forward to supporting the program for many years to come.
Williams fully supports The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission, and we share commitment to encouraging students to perform their best academically and become active volunteers in the community where they live.
As a five-year sponsor of The Challenge Program, Inc. at Connellsville Area Career & Technology Center, Williams has raised awareness about the types of career opportunities available – especially locally – in engineering and technology.
When we encourage and promote education as a community, we are preparing students for the world of tomorrow, while making our community competitive and relevant.
Our company has supported The Challenge Program, Inc. for five years because of the partnering force of Business and Education coming together to help students with their careers as they enter the workforce and encouraging them to develop solid work habits required in their schooling and future working careers.
Our common objective is to develop a skilled workforce and motivate these young people to achieve their future goals in life.
The #1 Cochran Business Week was a big hit at Steel Center Tech. Students learned a lot about #1 Cochran and the automobile industry, while competing for prizes. Above all, they gained knowledge of the many career opportunities available to them at #1 Cochran. It was both fun and educational.”
As the superintendent of the Brownsville Area School District, I can attest to the fact that The Challenge Program has been a very successful and positive program for our students and staff. The partnerships that have been established with local businesses has produced many real-life opportunities for our students. The willingness of The Challenge Program to bring the local business owners into our school to support the instruction and learning environment is truly remarkable. This is a program that puts kids first and gives a district like ours another layer of support.
The Challenge Program has helped our students through the partnerships that they have developed. It has allowed us to provide valuable hands-on learning experiences that are practical and relevant to them.
The Challenge Program has provided a rich opportunity for our school to shine a light on outstanding achievement, while also highlighting the importance of attendance and community service. We are proud to work with our sponsor M & T Bank. M & T Bank’s involvement in our school has increased due to our partnership through the Challenge Program.
I know for a fact that student motivation has increased in the area of Achievement, Improvement, STEM, Attendance, and Community Service. I love being able to celebrate student academic improvement. This category allows our school to highlight an area that does not often receive attention.
As a first-year educator, I am so impressed by the workforce connections The Challenge Program, Inc. provides my students. Our business partner, Williams Energy, gave my students a tour of one of their compressor stations and discussed job opportunities within the company. The highlight of our partnership with The Challenge Program, Inc. and Williams Energy was the 8-week, paid internship Williams Energy awarded one of our students. After a rigorous interview process, one lucky student was selected for the internship. I am proud to report that as of December 2017, that student has been hired full-time at Williams Energy as an Operations Technician. As a result of the workforce connections made possible by The Challenge Program, Inc. and the generosity of our business partner, Williams Energy, this student now has a promising career with one of Forbes America’s Best Employers.
The Challenge Program has worked extremely well at our school. They have provided opportunities for our students that otherwise were unable. Students who have won the awards have talked about how this allowed them to apply to more than one college or to pay for the first semester of books. Maria Campieri (TCP representative) helped with our College and Career Day, by coordinating speakers from Range Resources to be on a panel for us.
Thank you for coming. I really love the category of Academic Improvement. Both of our recipients were so honored. They were excited that the changes they have made are gaining the attention of others. Both have had multiple barriers that they are trying to overcome and the positive support will aid in that process.
Thank you for coordinating The Challenge Program for the students of the class of 2016 at Williamsburg High School. Many of our students work hard to be eligible to win these awards. I am looking forward to working with you during 2016/17 school year.
The generous contribution through Jendoco [Construction Company] in conjunction with The Challenge Program, has made this ceremony a worthwhile community event. We look forward to a continued partnership in the years ahead.
The Challenge Program, Inc., is a wonderful vehicle for both schools and businesses to help bridge the gap between education and the future workforce, our students.
The resulting partnership motivates and engages students in a meaningful way for them to strive for continual improvement to reach their ultimate career goals.
The Challenge Program is a win-win endeavor that provides a chance of rewards to all students regardless of their economic status or academic abilities. Every student can be a winner!
The [Academic Excellence] award I received last year was included on my college applications, and I believe it helped me to stand out in very qualified applicant pools. I am one of 799 students selected for admission to Princeton University. As I enter the next incredibly exciting chapter of my life, I find it increasingly important to credit those who’ve recognized my hard work and inspired me to elevate myself beyond the wildest expectations of my family, peers, and teachers. I can’t thank you enough for believing in me; hopefully I can continue to make the program [TCP] proud.
I cannot thank you enough for the founding of The Challenge Program and caring about my future, and the futures of my fellow students. I very much appreciate your efforts on my behalf and I cannot thank you enough for your generosity towards the future of my education.
I wanted to let you know how much my school and I appreciate what you have done for us. The Challenge Program motivates students to be the best they can be and it made me into a better person today. Thank you so much for creating this program and all the work you have done for the students.
I hope this program continues for generations to come! Thank you for all your effort!
I would like to thank you for the program that you created. The money will be going to fund my Eagle Scout project.
Thank you for the award and for your constant support! You inspire me to put in more effort.
I am humbled by the honor and am grateful to you and The Challenge Program for the value it placed on education, citizenship and community service.
I appreciate the Challenge Program’s investment in me and my peers by providing an incentive for and recognition of hard work and good citizenship. This is particularly valuable for a generation that needs a reminder of the value of hard work and good character.
This award is a blessing to me as I seek to avoid debt for my college education.
I’m so thankful for The Challenge Program. I’m planning on becoming a licensed cosmetologist. With the money award now I can buy items I need to start my career.
I am really appreciative with everything you have accomplished for making this program a success. I really want to thank you for helping my personal journey.
I have used this award to further my plans on opening my own online retail store. Winning this award helped boost my confidence and look forward to do more community service in my area.
This Challenge Program you founded is important and I hope you continue with it because it means you want to help to allow a teenager to go to college and have a future.
Again, thank you for everything.
Thank you for your benevolence and generosity in providing this academic award. I am greatly inspired by your charitable actions. I hope to one day be in a position where I too can give back to my community as you do.
Due to your support, I am now more motivated than ever before to persist in my scholastic endeavors. Receiving [this award] has inspired me to continue to study hard and work towards my goals.
I am a recipient of the Challenge Program’s two hundred dollar reward in the Academic Excellence category. I am writing to express my gratitude for your generosity to students like me. Without your efforts to found the program and your dream to give back, hundreds of students would not have something to work toward. Personally, ever since I learned about the Challenge Program, I have seen it as a way to push myself in order to remain in the top ten of my class, and potentially move closer to number one.
Becoming a recipient, or even a finalist, has shown me that my hard work has paid off and it is such a reworking feeling. I would like to thank you tremendously.
I would like to thank you for putting so much time and effort into The Challenge Program. You have truly made a difference in the youth of Harrison Central. Thank you for leading the way for both youth and the future.
I want to thank you for founding the Program. It offers a variety of students chances to win an award. I am honored to have received this award.
I realized it was time to grow up and begin planning for the future. I asked for help, I completed my school work and I tried my best.
Thank you, Mr. Perkins for everything you have done for this Program. It was crazing winning this 200 dollar award for best attendance. I never thought I would be picked to win 200 dollars.
Again, thank you.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. Perkins, for presenting me with the STEM award. I appreciate your effort as this was my first major award. It has showed me my efforts are being noticed.
Thank you again.
I appreciate your efforts to invest in our school’s students.
Thank you for your generosity for founding an amazing program.
When I first heard of the Challenge Program a year ago, I admit I was skeptical. “Why would someone give free money for no apparent reason?” As the year went by, it was always in the back of my head.
Next year, junior year, I was called down to be told I won prizes! Not one, but two! I was flabbergasted. Thanks to you, college will be so much more affordable in out of pocket costs.
I believe attendance is key to doing well in school or at work. My plan is to into the the education field and hopefully pass on my love of learning to others.
It is wonderful that you cared so much about the future of others that you founded this program. You are a blessing to many.
Please extend my thanks to all donors who help to make the awards possible for so many students.
You gave me the extra boost to get it together and step-up to become a better student. You are a big part of why I am graduating and you made me push myself to do something I thought I couldn’t do. I will always be grateful for what you did.
Without this program, many students would not be acknowledged for all of their hard work in both their learning environment as well as the community. I am beyond grateful for this award and I do not know what school districts would do without programs like this.
It was great to see my efforts to improve noted by the teachers, and then to get rewarded for the effort on top of that was amazing.
The thing I most appreciate is that among the awards you give, there is one for improvement. Some of my friends get frustrated by those who win, but my friends are missing the point. EVERYONE needs help, not just the students at the top. I appreciate that you get that.
It is noble to invest in a program designed to encourage higher achievement for a generation that seems to need encouragement more than ever. I received the service award, but it is you and your company that are doing a great service to my generation. You are providing some motivation to exceed the status quo for an age group in which many, sadly, do not realize the importance of hard work and achievement.
Your program has the impact of improving the future of so many. Not only are you inspiring the much needed revitalization of work ethic, but you are providing aid for the financing of our future aspirations.
Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my peers.
This year was the first year for The Challenge Program, Inc. [at my school]…I did understand the message. I realized this group of people cared about the future of the students at my school and wanted to challenge us to do the best and be the best we can be.
I took that message and ran with it, working hard in all my classes to achieve academic success.
I had a feeling I could win, and I had worked so hard that I knew I was already a winner in everyone’s book! The Challenge Program really inspired me to help people, and I urge everyone to get involved with your local VFD–especially Pine Twp VFC–because our departments are small and we all really need your help right now!
The Challenge Program, Inc. taught me the value of community engagement and collaboration. Being a part of the Challenge Program, Inc. Student Advisory Board taught me how to work with others to achieve big-picture results.
I know I would not be here without my stand-out work ethic that I developed while working with The Challenge Program, Inc. in high school.