Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 09-20-2015

While THRIVE has offered an individualized approach to school for many years, the Challenge Center pushes those efforts to a whole new level.

Here's how it works: We regularly share new challenges that kids are encouraged to try. The goal is to see them develop new skills, express their creativity and learn more about our world. Every task comes with clear directions, helpful supports, an expiry date, and a variety of potential rewards!

It's important to emphasize that the Challenge Center is an optional part of our program! Students will never be required to participate! By contrast, each challenge is presented as an invitation. So kids get to decide for themselves which ones they might want to take on.

Students who sign up for the Challenge Center get a beautiful, printed folder to keep track of their accomplishments over time. With seed funding provided by the Arbutus Rotary Club, kids are now able to work towards some really neat prizes.

There's a role for families to play, too! While kids will be able to complete many of the tasks we present on their own, a few of the challenges may need some support. Therefore, families are encouraged to check the list of posted challenges on a regular basis.

The Challenge Center connects with the kids' academic goals; emphasizes the principle of hands-on learning; encourages them to make use of school and community resources; and tries to help kids discover what works for me. Best of all, it's a lot of fun, too!