San Anto­nio-area students compete for community project funds

Team Up Challenge helps kids make diff­erences


SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio-area students who make a difference in the community are competing for project funding as part of the 2012-13 Team Up Challenge.

Students from area 20 area schools had the chance to showcase their community projects in front of a review committee on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

"They've been working all year on projects, helping our community and their projects range from college readiness to literacy to fighting bullying to fighting hunger to providing campus out-door classrooms," said Hollis MacDonald, with Silver and Black Give Back

Last fall, each of the semi-finalist groups received $2,500 to bring their projects to life. 

The Team Up Challenge review committee heard directly from the students as they illustrated how their projects are bringing positive change to the community.

Of 20 groups, five will be chosen as champions and will receive checks for $20,000 to help their service projects continue and grow.

One group from East Central High School has been helping provide meals to students who might otherwise have to go without.

"When they go home for the weekend, we give them backpacks with two lunches, two breakfasts, two drinks and two snacks," said 16-year-old Lewis McClure.

The group hopes additional funding will help them expand the project to even more area schools.

"In our school, we have 250 kids that are considered under poverty level and if we could reach to all of them, that would be an amazing feeling," said McClure.

Review committee scores and online votes will determine the champions.

The results will be announced on April 12.

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