Schools celebrate business and community partners

Chesterfield County Public Schools celebrated business and community partners during a breakfast on March 15 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center. More than 200 organizations were recognized for their support of public education.

Noting the importance of partners, Chesterfield County School Board members wrote, “Your commitment to our schools helps each child in Chesterfield grow intellectually, achieve at the highest level and prepare for a modern world that demands lifelong learning. We applaud your investment in Chesterfield County Public Schools and thank you for the difference you make in the lives of students and their families.”

The keynote speaker was the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Education. The Virginia Credit Union sponsored the breakfast. These three partners received special recognition during the event:

  • Roger L. Givens III and WATCH D.O.G.S. — Roger L. Givens III discovered WATCH D.O.G.S. when he was looking for a way to keep coaches, players and parents connected with each other and the community after football season. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) invites fathers and other father figures to volunteer at their child’s school. Givens brought WATCH D.O.G.S. to Curtis Elementary in 2011 and helped it spread to a total of 13 schools so far.
  • HCA Virginia Workplace Wellness — HCA Virginia has a long-standing history with Chesterfield County, dating back at least 40 years. From the C-Fit program to Workplace Wellness initiatives, HCA constantly strives to improve the health and well-being of the community. A few of the ways that HCA Virginia Workplace Wellness supports Chesterfield County are on-site biometric screenings and health risk assessments, retiree programming and nutritional programming.
  • Tara Nelson and Omega Learning Center — Omega Learning Center owner Tara Nelson serves as the chair of CHAMPS, the education committee of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. CHAMPS, which stands for Chamber Helping to Achieve Meaningful Partnership in Schools, seeks active engagement from chamber businesses to foster a strong, supportive relationship between businesses and Chesterfield County Public Schools.

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