Challenger Elementary School was built to serve the Klahanie housing development. As a result, it is almost exclusively a neighborhood “walking” school—meaning only kindergarten and special education students ride school buses each day. This neighborhood feel contributes to strong parent involvement and to the school’s importance as a community center. Challenger’s special emphasis on science programs has resulted in one of the District’s most successful science fairs each spring. Students at each grade level create projects that are judged by community volunteers and showcased in a special family evening event. An annual Cultural Festival celebrates the wonderful diversity in the school – over 35 countries are represented during this popular event.