On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Cigna Insurence partnered with Chester Community Charter School's Blessings In a Backpack initiative.
Blessings in a Backpack, "mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry," said Vee Young, Chester Community Charter School's Director of Food Services.
Starting this year, Cigna has dedicated their organization, Healthier Kids for Our Future, to gift $25 million over a five-year global initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. They kicked off this initiative yesterday with our very own Chester Community Charter School.
Ms. Young attended the event yesterday at the Cigna offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where over two hundred employees packed backpacks full of non- perishable food to be given out to the scholars of CCCS.
As Cigna employees volunteered their time filling up the backpacks throughout four different sessions that day, Steve Rech, Senior Director at Cigna, spoke about how happy he was to give back to the Chester community.
"I love Chester, I lived there my entire life, it was where my dad worked and I grew up. This program is so great because it sees a need and is taking action."
Rech and Young both shared stories as they worked of their childhood memories in the community.
Healthier Kids for Our Future is looking to partner with Chester Community Charter School more over their five-year plan to find ways they can use their allotment to help our school community flourish even more.
Please help me congratulate Cymeer Brown who scored 36 points, breaking the high scoring record held by Akeem Watkins of 31 points (which was obtained vs. Penn Christian School in 2007-2008) .CCCS Lions finished with a 64-45 Victory over Toby Farms last evening.
This is the fourth straight year a CCCS Alumnus has helped organize and carry out a Food Drive at Archmere Academy benefiting CCCS students who are in need over the holidays. This year we received over $600 worth of canned and boxed food items. Additionally, we received $350 in Target Gift Cards for families in need over the holiday season.
On Thursday, December 20, 2018, we hosted our Holiday Story Exchange where some VIPs (some Very Important People) dropped by to share in story time with our scholars. Guest readers included Principal Timika Mills of East A, Officer Jose Alvarez (CCCS’ Resource Officer / Chester Police) and various teachers’ loved ones.
On December 21, 2018, Innovation Hall (East A) scholars donated over 700 pairs of socks to the Wesley House Emergency Shelter here in Chester, PA.
Here is the list of the top three donating classes:
· Ms. Jaffe’s Class with 128 pairs of socks
· Ms. Brockington’s Class: 120 pairs of socks
· Ms. Ferguson’s Class: 87 pairs of socks
A group of scholars assisted Principal Kári Hill and Ms. Rushelle Diggs (Building Director) in preparing and packaging the items for our donation delivery.
Awesome Job, East A!
“Ready, Set, SHOP!” Dr. David Clark, Chester Community Charter School CEO, yelled in the Eddystone Walmart at 7 am this morning.
Nine scholars, one from each of the nine CCCS buildings, were awarded a $1,000 Walmart shopping spree for having the most growth on their DIBLES, iReady, or PSSA exams in 2018. They had to spend it all in one hour but could pick out anything they wanted! Surrounded by their families, principals, and some siblings looking to sneak some toys in their cart, the scholars eagerly raced down the isles. (Mostly to the electronics section.)
Throughout the month of October, each building held an iReady award assembly. In front of all their fellow classmates, $25 gift cards were given to every student who produced some sort of scale growth, elite status performance, increase in performance, or proficiency in status performance on their DIBLES, iReady, or PSSA exams.
This yearly incentive program was started last year, funded by the school board. Vahan and Danielle Gureghian of CSMI Education Management graciously donated the funding for the Walmart Shopping Spree for the scholars with greatest overall growth. The goal is to reward scholars who are excelling- but also to encourage students to be inspired by their classmates who are being acknowledged so they can receive the same next year.
Walmart Shopping Spree
For more information on the award program, click here.