Olympian visits Northwood

Vis­it from the champ: Olympic bobsled medal­ist Elana Mey­ers re­cently vis­ited North­wood Academy Charter School.

Two-time Olympic bobsled medal­ist Elana Mey­ers re­cently paid a vis­it to North­wood Academy Charter School, 4621 Castor Ave. 

Mey­ers de­livered a speech dur­ing an as­sembly to about 790 stu­dents in kinder­garten through eighth grade about set­ting goals, dream­ing big and per­sever­ing in the face of set­backs. North­wood was one of two schools in the na­tion to win a vis­it from an Olympic ath­lete through Classroom Cham­pi­ons, a pro­gram that con­nects ath­lete ment­ors with stu­dents at high-need schools.

North­wood, the only school in Pennsylvania cur­rently par­ti­cip­at­ing in Classroom Cham­pi­ons, won the con­test by sub­mit­ting a video that de­tailed how stu­dents were cheer­ing on Team USA in So­chi, Rus­sia. Mey­ers has been work­ing with a fifth-grade class at North­wood since last Septem­ber.

Mey­ers most re­cently com­peted in the Winter Olympics earli­er this year, win­ning a sil­ver medal with team­mate Lauryn Wil­li­ams.

Classroom Cham­pi­ons is aimed at provid­ing stu­dents with ac­cess­ible, long-term role mod­els who mo­tiv­ate and edu­cate them on top­ics like goal-set­ting, fair play and healthy habits. At the same time, it’s geared to­ward in­creas­ing di­git­al lit­er­acy. The stu­dents com­mu­nic­ate with their ath­lete ment­or each month via video mes­sages and real-time video con­fer­en­cing. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.classroomcham­pi­ons.org ••

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