Chester Community Charter School Provides Students 1,400 New Laptops

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As part of a continuing mission to offer the finest education possible, Vahan and Danielle Gureghian of Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) will be providing students in grades three through eight the educational advantage of their very own laptop. The Gureghians' purchase of 1,400 laptops represents the largest contribution of Nicholas Negroponte's XO Laptops within the U.S. The XO laptops are the cornerstone of Negroponte's worldwide One Laptop Per Child program, a nonprofit organization that is likewise committed to children's education. CCCS students will use their new laptops in school.

CCCS is one of the nation's largest and most successful charter schools, committed to providing superior educational opportunities for our students

As part of a continuing mission to offer the finest education possible, Vahan and Danielle Gureghian of Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) will be providing students in grades three through eight the educational advantage of their very own laptop.

The Gureghians' purchase of 1,400 laptops represents the largest contribution of Nicholas Negroponte's XO Laptops within the U.S. The XO laptops are the cornerstone of Negroponte's worldwide One Laptop Per Child program, a nonprofit organization that is likewise committed to children's education. CCCS students will use their new laptops in school.

"Our students are being given the opportunity to have access to technological tools that are not only helpful but necessary in today's educational environment," said CCCS CEO Steve Lee. "The learning potential of our students is limitless and will continue to break new ground, especially with the assistance of these new laptops.

"CCCS is one of the nation's largest and most successful charter schools, committed to providing superior educational opportunities for our students," Lee continued. "This initiative, and many others like it that CCCS has implemented over the years, proves the value of finding and supporting alternatives to traditional public school education."

By December 10, 2008, 325 XO laptops will be available for CCCS middle school students, with the remaining arriving within the following weeks.

Members of the press are invited to attend an event to launch the program on December 10 at CCCS's West Campus, hosted by CCCS's board of directors. Confirmed guests include One Laptop Per Child Founder Nicholas Negroponte, CCCS CEO Steve Lee, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, Chester Mayor Wendell Butler, Michael Oscar with a statement from Senator Arlene Specter, and Eagles greats Cecil Martin and Sean Landetta. Invited guests include the Honorable Dwight Evans, the Honorable Tony Williams, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Philadelphia 76ers center Sam Dalembert. For more information, please contact Nicole Korkolis at 212-983-6100 or korkolisn@carmengroup.com

ABOUT CCCS
Like OLPC, CCCS also believes that every child, regardless of background or income, should have access to the very best education possible.

CCCS is located in Chester, Pennsylvania, a city that has experienced a consistent rise in poverty and crime. More than 65 percent of the children in Chester live in low-income households, well over twice the state and national averages. Nearly 7,000 pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade children live in the Chester Upland School District and 72 percent of them are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches as compared to merely 33 percent of students statewide.

With all of the challenges the students of Chester face, CCCS students have proven that with the right tools and access to proper education, no educational goal is unattainable.

On the state-mandated Pennsylvania System of State Assessment tests (PSSA), CCCS students consistently outperformed students enrolled in the Chester Upland School District schools, Chester's Village Charter School and the School District of Philadelphia.

While providing students with an excellent education, brand new state-of-the-art facilities and 100 percent certified teachers, CCCS has managed to do so all at a lesser cost to the taxpayers.

"Chester Community Charter School will continue to strive to provide our students with a quality education and access to the very best facilities possible," said Lee. "Our students prove day in and day out that there is nothing they cannot achieve if they put their minds to it."

CONTACT: Nicole Korkolis, Carmen Group, 212-983-6100

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