CCISD Schools Work Together to Share Inspirational Story

CCISD Schools Work Together to Share Inspirational Story
Posted on 10/09/2014
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October 9, 2014

CCISD Schools Work Together to Share Inspirational Story

Students from across Clear Creek Independent School District recently gathered around classroom computers, laptops and their Dell tablet computers to watch a live stream of a very special author visit at Robinson Elementary.

When the staff at Robinson Elementary learned about the book “Chocolate Bar” and its child author Dylan Siegel, they knew that their students could greatly benefit from hearing his story. Dylan wrote “Chocolate Bar” when he was only six years old to raise money toward a cure for his best friend Jonah’s rare liver condition, Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD). All proceeds from the book go toward GSD research and to date the book has raised more than $800,000.

“Chocolate Bar” struck a chord with those at Robinson Elementary. Not only because the book’s message shows children that even small actions can make a big difference, but because their own third grade student, Chase Mouser, is also living with GSD. The wheels were in motion to bring Dylan and Jonah to campus for a special author presentation for their students.

Seeing the potential of sharing such a powerful lesson, Robinson Elementary decided to involve the other schools that comprise their PK-12 Community. The PTAs of both Robinson Elementary and Ed White Elementary contributed funds to bring the young author and his friend to CCISD from California. Presentations were scheduled at both campuses so the students could hear Dylan and Jonah’s story first-hand.

Robinson Elementary’s nurse Jill Hughes saw the importance of such a message. “I think students learned they do have the power to do big things and that one small act of kindness can affect one person, then your community and then beyond,” Hughes said.

But they didn’t stop there. Wanting to share this unique presentation with the entire district, a live stream of the program was made available to students and teachers across CCISD. Students, teachers and administrators alike gathered around their computers to watch the live stream and be a part of this shared experience. Nearly 800 people tuned into the live stream, including seven elementary schools and one intermediate school. The collaboration between Robinson Elementary, Ed White Elementary and CCISD is a perfect example of the district’s PK-12 Community initiative.

CCISD’s PK-12 Communities is a program, comprised of both elementary and secondary campuses, designed to encourage cooperation and strengthen connections between schools. These communities, based on feeder patterns and the larger communities that are served by these schools, communicate and collaborate with each other regarding school activities and programs, shared events and possible partnerships.

Yolanda Jones, principal at Robinson Elementary, sees the benefit of this kind of collaboration. “Including our PK-12 Community in events like this one provides a real sense of unity and accomplishes the goal of providing all students with the opportunity to participate in unique learning experiences.”

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