Vans will help Chesterfield County Public Schools connect with students and families where they are

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Chesterfield County Public Schools today unveiled two vans designed to connect with students and families where they are:

  • The bookmobile van will promote reading in neighborhoods around Falling Creek Middle and Meadowbrook High. Lisa Signorelli of Falling Creek Middle and Kristin Thrower of Meadowbrook High are the book ladies who have been making a difference using their cars as bookmobiles to promote reading and help students create home libraries.
  • The Family and Community Engagement van is packed with everything schools need to connect with families in a fun, easy-to-access way. Shawn Smith, CCPS chief communications and community engagement officer, and the Family and Community Engagement team are the driving force behind the FACE van, which will not only bring the fun of popcorn and snow cones but will also bring wi-fi and Chromebooks to support families. (See attached graphic.)

“Both vans show how Chesterfield County Public Schools is on the go, connecting with students and families where they are,” said Dr. Merv Daugherty, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. “We are not waiting for families to come to us: We are on the go and heading out to meet our families where they are. We are looking forward to getting the vans on the road.”

During a news conference, school system leaders thanked Chesterfield County government for donating the used vans to the school system and thanked the Chesterfield Education Foundation, TowneBank Chesterfield, Uptown Alley and Fast Signs of Midlothian for supporting the transformation of the vans. “Seeing these vans out and about will show students and families that they are supported by our entire Chesterfield County community,” said Chesterfield County School Board Chair Ryan Harter. “That feeling of support will spread and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors, our friends and our families.”