SOURCE: Chester Community Charter School (CCCS)

Millennium 3 Management

June 16, 2015 07:25 ET

Chester Community Charter School Graduates More Than 200 Students, From Two Campuses

Full and Partial Scholarships Winners Were Recognized

CHESTER, PA--(Marketwired - June 16, 2015) - Recently, Chester Community School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, conferred certificates of completion upon 210 eighth-grade students, at a two-day commencement ceremony, held at the Clarion Hotel, in Essington, PA. More than 1,200 parents, guardians, community members, as well as staff, faculty, and administrators, attended.

VIDEO - Chester Community Charter School Commencement Ceremony: http://bit.ly/1Ilgon1

The Gureghian Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by the charter school's management company's founders, through contributions from Staffing Plus, a Haverford, PA-based, healthcare staffing agency, granted $15,000 in scholarships to West Campus students Taylor Young, Tommy Jiminez, and Isiah Coleman, to attend Cardinal O'Hara High School, in Springfield, PA. Students on East Campus were also accepted, as freshmen, at a number of prestigious, regional high schools, including Episcopal Academy, Archemere Academy, West Catholic Preparatory School, St. Elizabeth High School, Archbishop John Carroll High School and Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School.

Lisa Spector and Alex Spector, president/CEO and executive vice president, respectively, at Staffing Plus, also attended the graduation ceremonies, and expressed their love for education and its ability to empower students. Mrs. Spector said, "Being able to contribute, to change the lives of kids, and to give them an opportunity to go to high school and receive an education that they might not otherwise have, was a quick and easy 'Yes!' for us. We are pleased to make a difference."

Dr. David Clark, CEO, CCCS, addressed the students in a speech, in which he noted that the students had "grit" and, no matter their circumstances, that quality will strengthen and mold them to overcome obstacles, and will motivate them to succeed.

Kenan Hilard, a CCCS alumnus and member of the class of 2011, served as keynote speaker at the West Campus' ceremony. He shared his experience on his transition from CCCS to Archmere Academy, a prestigious secondary school that he was able to attend with the aid of financial assistance from the Gureghian Foundation. Hilard encouraged the graduates to work hard, to stay determined, and to avoid distractions, while in high school. A recent Archmere Academy graduate, Hilard received a full scholarship to the University of Delaware.

At each ceremony, students were recognized for their excellence in English, Mathematics, Science, and Music. Mr. Callands, assistant principal at West Campus, also specifically recognized the student-athletes who excelled academically, during their years at CCCS.

About Chester Community Charter School

Chester Community Charter School opened its doors on September 9, 1998, serving 97 students from its modest, four, meeting rooms, in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Hotel, in Chester, PA. Since that time, the school has steadily grown to include more than 3,000 students in 11 state-of-the-art-buildings, spanning three campuses. Through collaboration with the Gureghian Charitable Foundation, and CCCS' High School Search and Selection Program, more than $9.5 million in scholarships and financial assistance to prestigious private secondary schools has been awarded to 225 of the school's graduates, from 2010 to 2014. http://chestercommunitycharter.org

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More than 1,200 parents/guardians, family and friends of Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, took photos of, and encouraged, the graduates at the school's recent commencement ceremonies, wherein, 210 eighth-grade students graduated from the school's East and West campuses. The two-day program was held at the Clarion Hotel, in Essington, PA.

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Dr. David Clark (pictured), CEO, Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, addressed more than 200 eighth-grade graduates, and their families, at the school's recent two-day commencement exercises. Dr. Clark said, "Now, it is your time. Take what you have learned here and use it to change the world, starting with this community. Be great, and go on to do great things."

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During the recent eighth-grade commencement ceremonies for Chester Community Charter School's (CCCS) East and West campuses, Kenan Hilard (pictured), former CCCS student and member of the Class of 2011, was the keynote speaker. A Gureghian Foundation scholarship recipient, and an incoming University of Delaware freshman, he advised grads to discover their greatness and to seize all opportunities to learn. More than 200 graduates, and their families, attended the two-day program, held at the Clarion Hotel, in Essington, PA.

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Isiah Coleman (pictured), an eighth-grade graduate from Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, addressed his peers at the recent commencement ceremonies, at the Clarion Hotel, in Essington, PA, wherein more than 200 students graduated. Several students received full and partial scholarships to various prestigious, private institutions in the region, as well as other awards and recognitions.

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More than 200 students waited in anticipation to hear their name called during Chester Community Charter School's (CCCS) eighth-grade commencement ceremony, held at the Clarion Hotel, in Essington, Pa. In keeping with CCCS's long tradition of preparing students for academically rigorous high schools, several students received full and partial scholarships to several private schools in the region including St. Elizabeth's High School, Wilmington, DE; Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE; Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA; Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, PA; Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School, Drexel Hill, PA; West Catholic Preparatory High School, Philadelphia, PA; and Archbishop John Carroll High School, Wayne, PA.

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Scholarship award winners (left to right), Taylor Young, Tommy Jiminez, and Isiah Coleman, from Chester Community Charter School's (CCCS) West Campus, were acknowledged during the school's recent two-day commencement ceremonies, for receiving full and partial scholarships to Cardinal O'Hara, one of the most prestigious, private high schools in Pennsylvania. The presenters of the scholarship awards were Lisa Spector (fourth from left), president/CEO, Staffing Plus; Alex Spector (second from right), executive vice president, Staffing Plus; and Mark Battinieri (far-right), director of advancement, CCCS.

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