Charlottesville City Schools Press Release
Charlottesville City Schools received four generous donations this month: $1,000 from the Walmart Foundation; $1,500 from the Arnold F. Baggins Fund; $8,000 from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF); and $28,975 from the Perry Foundation.
The Baggins Fund will support the "Book Buddies" program, which pairs volunteers with emerging readers to build literacy in elementary students. Working under the supervision and guidance of literacy specialists, the tutors receive training as well as individualized lesson plans. In the nearly twenty years since Book Buddies was established at Charlottesville City Schools, the program has won recognition and spread across the state and nation. To learn more, visit http://www.ccs.k12.va.us/programs/book_buddies.html or contact Jeanette Rosenberg at 434-245-2415 or Jeanette.Rosenberg@charlottesvilleschools.org.
The Student Celebrations Committee at Walker Upper Elementary School will receive $1,000 from the Walmart Foundation's Local Facility Giving Program to support recognition of students with perfect attendance, both at the end of the year and for monthly and quarterly periods. To learn more, contact Sara Gallagher at 434-245-2412.
Also at Walker, the school's Drama Club will receive support from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF). The Drama Club is part of Walker's after-school enrichment program for fifth- and sixth-graders. Students are presently preparing for their presentation of Peter Pan on January 16 at 6:30pm at Walker; the family-pleaser is free and open to the public. For more information, see http://walkerdramaclub.weebly.com/ or contact Rod or Kristina Durrer at 434-245-2412.
The acclaimed Charlottesville High School String Ensemble will receive a grant from the Perry Foundation in support of the group's upcoming trip to France, where they will perform in Paris, in Charlottesville's sister city of Besançon, and in Chartres Cathedral. The CHSO must raise $190,000 to take the 55 students on the tour in June. Nearly half of this amount has been raised through individual donations, grants, poinsettia sales, car washes, and selling concessions at U.Va. football games and concerts. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to CHSO France 2014, 1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. For more information, please visit www.chsorchestra.org or contact Laura M. Thomas at (434) 245-2726 or email@example.com.
Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins says, "These generous gifts highlight the range of what we do at Charlottesville City Schools. We celebrate the accomplishments of our students, and we work to make sure that all of our students receive the individualized attention they need for their academic work. We also provide a broad array of fine arts programs as part of the curriculum and for after-school activities. We appreciate these donors who partner with us to impact our students and community."