Chesterfield County Public Schools celebrated about 200 business and community partners during a March 13 luncheon. Sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union, the event featured as keynote speaker Jessica Childress, a 2003 graduate of Midlothian High who is now a lawyer and children’s book author.
These three partners received special recognition:
- MEGA Mentors for supporting students — MEGA Mentors was born in the fall of 2009 when Superintendent Marcus Newsome approached community leaders about the need for more African-American role models in schools. MEGA (Mentors Expecting Greater Achievement) works to close achievement gaps while making a positive difference in the lives of African-American and other underrepresented students.
- Martin’s Food Markets for supporting schools — Through Martin’s A+ School Rewards fundraiser, customers help earn money for their schools every time they shop for groceries. In addition, Martin’s associates serve as mentors, volunteering to help students with schoolwork and other activities. Over the years, Martin’s has provided Chesterfield County schools with donations to support programs such as Table Talk: Meals With Meaning and other school programs.
- Haley Automotive Group for supporting families — Haley supports Table Talk: Meals With Meaning, a Chesterfield County Public Schools program that helps families access the resources needed to thrive in today’s hectic world. Haley has facilitated numerous Drive for Your School test-drive events that raise money for parent and teacher groups, and Haley provides annual donations to athletic boosters and music programs.