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District’s Work in Whole-Child Education Garners National Recognition
Published by Angel Hoggard on October 6, 2020
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News Release
Topic: District’s Work in Whole-Child Education Garners National Recognition

 

News Release
Renarta C. Moyd
Chief Communications Officer
Communications & Community Engagement
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 910-678-2307
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District’s Work in Whole-Child Education Garners National Recognition
CCS’ partnership with EVERFI organization helps students develop real-world skills 

Fayetteville, NC – During the Cumberland County Board of Education Student Support Services Committee Meeting today, it was announced that Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is a recent recipient of the EVERFI Champion Seal.

The designation is awarded to K-12 school districts and individual schools that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to whole-child education through the use of EVERFI’s comprehensive, evidence-informed digital programs. The programs inform and empower students on critical issues, including social-emotional learning, health and wellness, inclusion, financial literacy, and college and career readiness.

“We want to especially thank the EVERFI organization for recognizing Cumberland County Schools for its exemplary commitment to whole-child education,” said Dr. Mary Black, the associate superintendent of CCS’ Student Support Services. “We appreciate all the work that they continue to do for us and with us through the years.”

According to the organization, the EVERFI Champion Seal was awarded to only 4 percent of school districts (about 500 of 20,000 that the EVERFI team supports) nationally and is an indicator of Cumberland County Schools’ commitment to ensuring that students are prepared for the real world.

During the 2019-2020 school year, 21 of EVERFI’s resources, funded by the United Way of Cumberland County and the Carolina Panthers, impacted 33 schools in CCS. The resources were taught by 127 teachers and helped 11,725 students learn critical real-world skills through such programs as the Compassion Project, Character Playbook, Prescription Drug Safety, and Future Goals: Hockey Scholar.

When asked by Board member Charles McKellar if feedback about the impact of the resources is gathered, EVERFI Schools Manager Jordan Snyder said they do ‘reach out’ to teachers and students. “Some of the behavioral and attitudinal changes students have reported is really exciting,” said Snyder. “We talk with teachers all of the time who implement Character Playbook that have reported [experiencing] ‘kinder classrooms.’ They are seeing safer spaces for their students and we all know that when students feel safe, they are comfortable in their learning and it doesn’t matter what they are learning, they are definitely going to learn more.”

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