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Chester Community Charter School Announces Winners of Its First Annual Black History Oratorical Contest

Kindergarten and First-grade students honored the works of great African-American writers, authors and orators.

CHESTER, Pa.March 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — More than 150 Kindergarten and first-grade students at Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) recently celebrated Black History Month by participating in an Oratorical Contest held at the School’s West Campus Gymnasium, 2730 Bethel Road, Chester, PA  19013.

Families, students and CCCS teachers and administrators were in attendance as the participating students recited speeches, memoirs, poems, and “spoken word,” in classroom groups, to pay homage to the works of great African-American writers, authors, and orators (Video available at

First-, second-, and third-place prizes were awarded after two preliminary rounds. Top honors went to Ms.Tiffani Osborne’s first-grade class, for their recitation of “Harriet Tubman,” by Eloise Greenfield; second place was awarded to Ms. Jessica Albrittain’s Life Skills class for their performance of “My People,” by Langston Hughes; and the third-place winner was Amber McHugh’s kindergarten class for “Life Doesn’t Threaten Me,” by Maya Angelou.

CCCS’s judges for the competition included: Ms. Susanne Cianfaro, student services coordinator/social worker; Dr. David Clark, CEO; Dr. Benita Jessup, director, English Language; Dr. Linda Portlock, deputy superintendent; Ms. Annette Ray, executive assistant to Dr. Clark; Dr. Kwame Williams, principal, Freedom Hall, and Ms. Stephanie Wright, student services coordinator.

Judges for the Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) kindergarten and first-grade Oratorical Contest included (front row, seated, from left):Stephanie Wright, student service coordinator; Susanne Cianfaro, student service coordinator/social worker; Dr.Kwame Williams, principal, Freedom Hall; Ms. Annette Ray, executive assistant; Dr. Belinda Jessup, director, Literacy, and Dr. Linda Portlock, deputy superintendent. Dr. David Clark, CCCS, CEO is shown standing, center. (PRNewsfoto/Chester Community Charter School)

“The school’s kindergarten and first-grade students worked very hard to produce a fitting tribute for Black History Month,” said Principal Nicole Patterson. “I promise this event will become an annual tradition.”

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 4,200 students in 12 state-of-the-art-buildings, spanning four 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 350 of the school’s graduates, since 2016.

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