Hey, Team Chesterfield students: Let us share your story!

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Stop the presses! Do we have a story for you!

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Office of Family and Community Engagement is excited to introduce the CCPS Story Squad. The Story Squad will showcase and celebrate the hard work and good deeds of elementary school students, their families and Chesterfield County teachers during an international pandemic.

Elementary school students have the opportunity to share their experiences of learning and life as a student during virtual and hybrid learning. They can record goals they have met, recommend books they have read or share interesting things that they have learned during this unique time in society. Students also are encouraged to share how they have helped others or give recognition to teachers who have helped them.

“Despite the abnormal and uncertain times, our students continue to distinguish themselves as outstanding learners and even better people,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “The School Board and I are excited to spotlight their work to become stronger students and the contributions they have made to our community. The Story Squad is a great way to highlight the positive difference our youngest residents are making in Chesterfield County.”

The Story Squad is a follow up to the Going for Gold summer reading challenge. Throughout the summer, families across the county were visited by “Apollo” and “Athena,” who surprised Chesterfield County Public Schools’ elementary school students with books and prizes for participating in a division-wide summer reading initiative, Going for Gold. The engaging visits were a big hit on social media with families and were featured on WTVR’s Building Better Minds for encouraging and supporting literacy.

Sharing student or teacher successes with the Story Squad is easy; simply fill out this Google Form: bit.ly/CCPSStorySquad. Students will be able to choose from the following categories when submitting their story:

  • I set a goal and met it
  • I read an awesome book
  • I learned something really cool
  • I helped someone out
  • I want to give a shout out to my teacher

Each week, five students who submit an entry to the Story Squad will be randomly selected and will be visited by the CCPS Story Squad. Each raffle winner will get to choose a book of their choice and be interviewed about their submission.

For supporting and encouraging learning and for celebrating Chesterfield teachers, each winner’s family will receive a $50 gift card for dinner courtesy of the Chesterfield Education Foundation. In addition to the family receiving a gift card for dinner, if a student’s entry is chosen in which they have given a shout out to their teacher, the teacher will also receive a gift card.

The top 18 Chesterfield County Public Schools elementary homeroom teachers with the greatest number of submissions (three per grade level) will receive new books for their classroom libraries at the end of the program.

Have a good story? Encourage your elementary school student to share their good news because good news makes for a better tomorrow!

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