SRO Challenge Coin students sponsor “Operation Smile” in Surprise
Surprise, AZ (February 9, 2016) In order to bring smiles to the faces of children hospitalized this Valentine's Day at the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, students from the SRO Challenge Coin Program at the Shadow Ridge High School in Surprise, have organized, collected, and signed nearly 1,700 Valentine's cards.
While collecting and signing the cards for “Operation Smile”, the students received a great deal of support and help from many of the other students, parents, and staff members at the school. In addition to the Valentine’s cards, they also collected over 100 Teddy bears and 100 knit caps.
The Surprise Police Department, in partnership with the Dysart Unified School District, supports the SRO Challenge Coin Program. The challenge coin concept stems for the military tradition of carrying coins that symbolize camaraderie, unity, and pride. The program is designed to challenge students to make positive decisions and become role models for their peers and others to follow. Some of the embodied values of the challenge coin program are: Commitment, Honor, Respect, Integrity, and Loyalty.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, all of the collected items will be delivered by the SRO Challenge Coin students to the Pediatric Unit of the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona. The Surprise Police, the Dysart Unified School District, the staff members and students at the Shadow Ridge High School want to thank the public for their overwhelming support in helping “Operation Smile” become a huge success!