Children's Challenge Awards

Children's Challenge Awards:

 Each year the Optimist Club of Champaign-Urbana is excited to offer the opportunity for elementary students in our community to be nominated for our Children?s Challenge Award Program. Our program has brought joy and delight to children for almost a decade. This is a great opportunity for youth to be honored for their outstanding and wonderful abilities and skills in various categories.

  • An award certificate will be given to each child nominated.
  • A $50 cash gift will be awarded to the winner in each category.
  • Students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, in area elementary schools are eligible to be nominated.
  • A Nomination form can be found by clicking here.
  • The Award Ceremony will be held on April 18, 2019 at Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St, Champaign, IL at 6pm.

Nominations are due April 9, 2019


 Awards available in...

Arts- An award for a child with exceptional imagination and skill in painting, drawing, music, dance, drama or writing.

Science- An award for a child whose curiosity has led to outstanding achievement in the exploration and discovery of his/ her environment.

Humanities- An award for a child with special appreciation of and sensitivity to other cultures, literature, history, or current events.

Fellowship- An award for a child who inspires cooperation and group effort among his peers or people of other ages.

Community Service- An award for a child who stands out in his willingness and ability to help others.

Courage- An award for a child who has faced a great challenge with extraordinary bravery, endurance, and/ or effort.



Nominations are due by April 9, 2019 and can be mailed to:

Barbara Gillespie| 2207 E. Coddington Circle| Urbana, IL 61802 | 217-898-7566

or emailed to:



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