Students Giving Back through Superintendant’s Challenge

Challenge participants Alyson, Jamie, Audra (L-R) with Dr. Debbi Burdick.

June 1, 2017

Cave Creek Unified School District’s

Students Giving Back to the Community through the Superintendent’s Challenge


Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, implemented the Superintendent’s Challenge in the 2012-2013 school year. 

 The Challenge started with Cactus Shadows High School students and Sonoran Trails Middle School Students.  CSHS students who earned 200 hours by their senior year would receive an honor cord to wear at graduation. 

 In the 2014-15 school year, Dr. Burdick furthered the Challenge for CSHS students – any CSHS student who completed 200 hours in one school year would receive a Varsity Letter.  Dr. Burdick noted that, “Completing 200 hours of community service on top of academic responsibilities and membership in clubs and athletics is meaningful, yet hard work, and so deserving of a Varsity Letter.  The students who complete 200+ hours are an inspiration to their peers and adults in our community.”

 Sonoran Trails Middle School Students, 7th and 8th grades, need to accrue 25 hours for each school year to complete the Challenge for that school year.  The 7th grade students receive a certificate and pin and are recognized by the Superintendent at their Awards Ceremony.  The 8th grade students are recognized by the Superintendent at their promotion ceremony with a certificate and medal. 

 In the 2014-15 school year, the Challenge was opened up for the 5th and 6th grades at all five CCUSD elementary schools.  The elementary students who accrue 15 hours in one school year are recognized by the Superintendent with a certificate – either at an awards ceremony or in their classroom.

 Black Mountain Elementary School Principal, Matt Owsley, said, “It is great being in a district that realizes the importance of developing children academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Not only do we talk about character, but we value actions that are at the foundation of great character.” 

 Here are the grand totals of community service hours, given back to the community by CCUSD students, for the 2016-17 school year:

  • Class of 2017:  2,648
  • Class of 2018: 2,220.25
  • Class of 2019:  2,023.68
  • Class of 2020:  1,528.8
  • STMS 8th Grade:  1,157.4
  • STMS 7th Grade: 1,546.2
  • CCUSD 6th Grade:  1,993.45
  • CCUSD 5th Grade: 2,403.33

GRAND TOTAL:  15,521.11 hours

 Dr. Burdick said, “I couldn’t be prouder of our 330 CCUSD students who met the challenge and gave back over 15,000 hours of service to our community.  They are raising the bar for the future and are exemplars  for our  younger students—congratulations!”

 For more information regarding the Cave Creek Unified School District, the #1 District in Maricopa County for Student Achievement, please call 480-575-2000 or visit our website at



Julia Scotto
xecutive Assistant to
Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent & Governing Board
Cave Creek Unified School District
480.575.2016 Phone/480.575.2092 Fax

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