SOURCE: Chester Community Charter School

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August 28, 2015 15:04 ET

The Gureghian Charitable Foundation Contributes $10,000 Toward Inaugural Police Body Cameras Program for the City of Chester

CSMI, CEO Vahan Gureghian Makes Presentation to State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland

CHESTER, PA--(Marketwired - August 28, 2015) - Vahan Gureghian, CEO of CSMI, the firm which manages the Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), here, met recently with State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland, whose district includes the city of Chester, to present a $10,000 contribution, on behalf of The Gureghian Charitable Foundation, to the City fund created to enable the purchase of Chester's first police body cameras.

Gureghian said he plans to reach out to other Chester and Delaware County business leaders over the coming year to explore additional such contributions to the City, with a focus on improving public safety, economic development and job creation in the community. He also mentioned that the initial focus on body cams grew out of conversations he has shared with Rep. Kirkland, over the past year, specifically focused on public safety issues.

In accepting the contribution, Kirkland said, "On behalf of the State of Pennsylvania, the City of Chester, the police department and the citizens of this community, we'd like to thank The Gureghian Charitable Foundation for its generous support and donation towards the purchase of body cameras for our police department. This will provide safety to both our citizens and law enforcement."

Prior to the presentation, Rep. Kirkland, along with Judge Spencer Seaton, chairman, CCCS Board of Trustees, and Dr. David Clark, CCCS, CEO, toured the grounds of the school's East Campus. Commenting on the impact of the endowment on the school community, Dr. Clark said, "[Our] students come to school with issues that stem from what [they see] in our community. If students feel safe, if parents feel safe and if the police department feels safe, then we'll all thrive. I'm happy about what this represents and the direction we're moving in, to working collaboratively with the Foundation, the police, the school and the homes."

Mr. and Mrs. Gureghian have been long-time supporters of law enforcement, and have contributed to the Fraternal Order of Police, as well. He said, "This $10,000 is a down payment for us, and we hope that this is the start of a campaign to raise more money, to do other good things in the town, including adding additional lighting and other safe and secure projects."

"Our focus is education, but it doesn't stop there," Gureghian continued, "We must broaden our reach to ensure we're building a great community with thriving residents, strong public safety and economic development."

Police body cameras are used to film law enforcement during patrol, while answering the call of duty, or in interactions with community members or suspects. It is a tool to assist in criminal investigations, and to provide insight to law enforcement officials.

The donations from The Gureghian Foundation will jump start the push for additional funding for this program. Representative Kirkland recently introduced legislation for police body cameras, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

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Recently, Vahan Gureghian, CEO, CSMI (second from right) presented a donation for $10,000 to State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (second from left), District 159,for the purchase of police body cameras for the City of Chester's Police Department. Also pictured here (left to right): Dr. David Clark (far left), CCCS, CEO; and Hon. Spencer Seaton (far right), chairman, CCCS Board of Trustees.

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, since 2009.

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