SOURCE: Chester Community Charter School

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December 22, 2014 13:49 ET

Pennsylvania's Largest K-8 Charter School Commemorates the Holiday Season Through the Arts, Music and Literacy

Chester Community Charter School Holds Week-Long Holiday Celebrations for Its 3,000 Students

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Recently, more than 3,000 students of Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, celebrated the holiday season with a series of art exhibitions, musical concerts, dance performances, and a visit from Santa Claus and "Olaf" of Walt Disney's Frozen, on the school's East, West and Upland campuses.

VIDEO: Recap of CCCS Weeklong Holiday Celebration http://bit.ly/1HqlGrZ

CCCS' first-ever Holiday Concert series took place over a four-day period, wherein first-grade and second-grade students sang traditional seasonal songs, such as "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" and "Cancion de Navidad," for CCCS parents, guardians, faculty, and other students. Performances took place on the school's three campuses.

"Build-a-Band," another musical initiative of the school, created and led by Lisa Wolfe, CCCS music instructor, featured an 18-member student band, which consisted of bongo players, acoustic and electric guitarists, keyboardists, violinists, and vocalists. Among other songs, they covered Alicia Keys' "We Are Here."

Wolfe remarked, "We wanted an opportunity for students to perform in a band, but in a simplified manner, allowing them to experiment with sounds and instruments, all the while learning music theory. Through this program, students feel empowered and confident; and that was evident in their holiday performances."

Continuing the holiday season celebration, CCCS also held its annual Santa Brigade program, wherein Santa Claus, and "Olaf" of Frozen, hand-delivered books to more than 500 students in kindergarten-through-third-grade, on the school's East, West and Upland campuses, to encourage reading and its current literacy initiatives.

The book donations were provided by The Gureghian Charitable Foundation, which is chaired by Danielle Gureghian.

Commenting on the week's activities, Dr. Clark said, "In all that we do here, at CCCS, we make sure that education is at the forefront. To commemorate the holiday season, we incorporated music, art, and literacy, all of which are programs and initiatives we are working towards, this school year. We want our students to be well-rounded, and we'll continue to enhance our creative programs throughout the school year."

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. http://chestercommunitycharter.org

Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, recently held its week-long holiday celebration, which included the school's first-ever Holiday Concert series. The event took place over a four-day period, on the school's East, West and Upland campuses, featured Matisse-inspired art, and showcased holiday-themed dance and musical performances by the school's newly formed choirs, bands and dance troupes.

Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) CEO Dr. David Clark (center) spoke words of encouragement to kindergarteners before their performance at the school's first-ever Holiday Concert series, held recently. As part of its week-long holiday celebration, students of the school's newly formed choirs, bands and dance troupes showcased holiday-themed dance and music performances. The series took place on CCCS' East, West and Upland campuses. 

Recently, third-graders of Chester Community Charter School's West Campus sang "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" during the school's first-ever Holiday Concert series. The event, which is part of the school's week-long holiday celebration, included art exhibitions, musical concerts, dance performances, and a visit from Santa Claus (not pictured).

Santa Claus (standing) recently visited kindergarten-through-third-grades students of Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, during the school's Santa Brigade program, which was part of a week-long holiday celebration. This year, students received books to encourage reading over the holiday season.

Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) kindergarteners open gifts they received from Santa Claus (not pictured), at the school's Santa Brigade program, recently. Each student at CCCS received a book to encourage reading over the holiday season. The event was part of the school's week-long holiday celebration.

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