Bobsled Olympic champion helps Denver schools

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DENVER - Classroom Champions has teamed up with Olympic bobsled champion Curt Tomasevicz to help a Denver-area school.

Classroom Champions connects top-performing athletes with students in high-need schools. They use video lessons and live-video chats to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big, while educating them in the practical use of communications technology.

Not all kids have the benefit of strong role models who encourage them to envision for themselves a bright and successful future.

Classrooms Champions aims to address these issues and many more by using our Olympians and Paralympians as role models for success and goal setting while increasing students' digital literacy.

"A kind of 21st century pen-pal, each athlete mentor adopts one to four classrooms per year," according to their website. "Focusing on their own personal journey, athletes teach about the hard work of training, goal setting, competition and perseverance. Using video lessons and live video chats, students are engaged with their athlete mentor several times per month. Our program supports teachers by helping them incorporate these activities into their curricula, focusing on letter writing, reading, geography, math, technology, goal setting and leadership."

Every classroom and every athlete are connected using video cameras, webcams, and the Internet. The teachers can also connect with other classrooms in the program around the country and even the world. By utilizing the latest, cutting-edge technologies available for communication and educational purposes, Classroom Champions plan on increasing students' digital literacy, a person's ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment.

Classroom Champions is currently accepting teacher applications from local schools. There is no cost to the school to participate in this program.

You can learn more about Classroom Champions by visiting www.classroomchampions.org.

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