More than 300 business and community partners filled the Fulghum Conference Center today for the Chesterfield County Public Schools annual Business and Community Partners Appreciation Luncheon. Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, Capital One and Chesterfield County Public Library were named the 2017 Partners of the Year for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Sponsored by Virginia Credit Union, the luncheon featured Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill as the keynote speaker.
“Chesterfield County Public Schools is fortunate to have a number of partners willing to invest in our efforts to provide students with a high-quality education in a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment,” said Chesterfield County School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi. “We are proud to honor our 2017 Partners of the Year, and we appreciate their efforts to support student achievement, make schools safer, prepare students for the workforce and improve the lives of children while at the same time, ease the work of educators.”
The 2017 Partner of the Year for Students is Greater Richmond Fit4Kids. Greater Richmond Fit4Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children’s health and reducing childhood obesity in the Richmond region. In 2012, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids began partnering with Chesterfield County Public Schools by launching a school-based program at Bellwood Elementary. This program offered innovative programs that promoted physical activity, wellness integration and healthy eating. Since then, their work has spread throughout the school division. Currently, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids has partnerships with 10 Chesterfield County schools. With programs ranging from wellness integration to learning gardens, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids is committed to supporting the education of the whole child. During the 2015-16 school year, Greater Richmond Fit4Kids reached more than 7,500 children in the Richmond region with its programming. The organization has played an instrumental role in championing student wellness as a key component in education.
The 2017 Partner of the Year for Schools is Capital One. Chesterfield County Public Schools has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Capital One. From working with elementary students to helping those preparing to leave high school for college and career opportunities, Capital One knows the value of giving back. From generous corporate donations to employee-led initiatives, Capital One’s impact spans grade levels and is felt throughout the school division. Capital One’s employee-led initiatives support Chesterfield County Public Schools through supply drives and volunteer and financial literacy programs. Last year alone, 558 Capital One employees volunteered 2,505 hours in Chesterfield County Public Schools.
The 2017 Partner of the Year for Families is Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL). Working hand in hand with the school system on different literacy and technology initiatives, the impact of CCPL is woven throughout the school division’s story. Prior to entering elementary school, many students fall in love with reading through story times at their neighborhood library. Because of the work done in county libraries, students come to school with a knowledge base and a love for reading. Whether joining with staff to ensure students stay connected to learning throughout the summer or taking an active role in school-based literacy activities, CCPL plays an essential role in Chesterfield County Public Schools.
“Strong partnerships are an integral component to any school division’s success,” said Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. James Lane. “We at Chesterfield County Public Schools are grateful to be part of a community that is supported by such a collaborative network of partners.”