Vice President of The Little Champs Initiative and USO Tour Veteran, Debbie Fink, has been invited on multiple USO Tours, spreading goodness and gratitude to our Nation’s Champs worldwide. November 2011 Debbie toured through installations in Germany, reaching 4,000 Champs.
April 2013 Debbie toured through mainland Japan and Okinawa, reaching over 6,000 Champs (who all received the book) during 26 ‘edu-tainment’ events in 13 DoDEA schools.
Debbie along with CEO Jennifer Fink will be heading back on tour with the USO to Korea for in September 2014 with this program, and have another international tour scheduled for November 2014.
The Little CHAMPS Book & Curricular Supplement
Through "The Little CHAMPS" book and Initiative, Operation CHAMPS:
Assists Champs in building resiliency by helping them face their respective challenges, while celebrating their service to our country; and
Raises awareness among civilian children and adults about the lives of their military-connected peers, students, and neighbors.
Through this initiative, we continue to build the bridge of understanding between our military and civilian worlds: child by child, classroom by classroom, state by state.
Little CHAMPS: Public Health & Education Initative
Operation CHAMPS provides pedagogic tools to meet the social and emotional needs of Champs in a mixed classroom setting through the Little CHAMPS Public Health & Education Initative. Together with DOEA's 2012 Teacher of the Year, Angie Wilson, Operation CHAMPS developed a multi-media comprehensive curricular supplement for The Little CHAMPS book.
The Little CHAMPS book and curricular supplement, along with other educational materials are packaged in the Operation CHAMPS Traveling Classroom CHAMPkit - an effective, efficient and economical best practive used to cultivate a sensitive school culture for the 92% of military-connected children that attend public or non-DODEA schools (DODEA's Communication Dept., 2014). The Traveling Classroom CHAMPkit was successfully piloted through Kansas State's elementary schhols with Kansas State University's Operation Educate the Educators and KS' Operation Mlitary Kids. The program is now being launched in TX, AZ, DE, ID, TN, and MO.