Challenger students and their families, disappointed when both a Trunk or Treat festival and the school’s annual Thanksgiving dinner had to be cancelled earlier this year, were welcomed to the Challenger Winter Family Festival on December 14. The Festival was initiated by school  Principal Tiffany Molina and organized by the Challenger Staff, Challenger PTSA and the Rotary Club of Sun City.  In addition, members of the Challenger Interact Club and The Satellite Club of Sun City Rotary joyfully participated in the event.


Activities included face painting, cookie decorating, carnival-type games of skill, races like “ornament on a spoon”, snacks and, of course, souvenir photos with Santa. An End Polio booth manned by Challenger Interactors collected 250 purple pinkies which translates to a donation of at least $125 to End Polio in their name!


All reports say the Festival was a huge success and that the Challenger families were both surprised and pleased by the event for their children.


Special thanks go to: Principal Tiffany Molina, Interact Advisor Sarah Stevenson and Interact volunteers, the entire Challenger Staff, PTSA connector Kristen Stevenson and PTSA volunteers.


Steve Bjornstad, the Rotary Club of Sun City’s Festival Coordinator, gave a special shout-out to Rotarians Colt Brooks, Teresa Giarrusso, Jim Green, Elizabeth Mahoney, Dean Pokrandt, Bob Solis, Kelsey Touvell and Mike Zongolowicz, along with his wife, Lynne, and winter visitor Sharlene MacPhee for giving their time, talents and SMILES on behalf of our Club.