Dear Clarke County Citizen
The Concerned Citizens of Clarke County (CCCC) Steering Committee has been quietly at work in the community, meeting with the leaders of CCHS, and remaining diligent about the status of the International Baccalaureate Program at the high school. As you know, the committee came together in 2008 to raise money to ensure equal access for all Clarke County students to the programs that promote their success in education.
The current mission of the CCCC is to provide additional funding to the Clarke County Public Schools (CCPS) for its advanced high school curriculi: The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and the Advanced Placement Program (AP). The monies raised go toward teacher training in IB, and for student scholarships to pay for IB and AP exams and fees. Many families find full participation in these programs financially prohibitive. For instance, the cost of each IB exam is $96.00, making the cost for those completing the diploma a total of $717.00.
Through our fund raising efforts, we have accomplished our goals of financial support for the IB program. Since 2008 we have raised about $40.000, enabling us to provide over $10,000 in student scholarships and over $10,000 in teacher training grants so far. Forty percent of Clarke County High School students take an IB Class; in 2010-2011, 708 students were enrolled in at least one IB class. The IB program is a globally integrated curriculum which fosters creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning,and independent research. It promotes organization and time management skills; facility in oral and written communication, and a commitment to community service. Not all children will be candidates for the IB diploma, but taking even one class is beneficial.
Our entire community benefits from the IB program. Ongoing professional development of teachers and administrators provides a unified, coherent approach to learning without stifling creativity and talent. IB updates their curriculum regularly and provides an online curriculum center with access to IB educators around the world. The IB program benefits our community with its service requirement, and well educated individuals also give back to their communities in many ways. As, we look ahead to the 201 1 – 2012 school year, we remain committed to supporting the students and teachers of Clarke County.
We are excited to announce our fall fundraiser. Back by popular demand, our local historian, Maral Kalbian, will offer tours of vacant estates in Clarke County. The tours include Springsbury and Clermont Farms. This will be followed by a “Feast in the Field” hosted by Juliet Mackay-Smith and Charles Gobin, with tunes by Dry Mill Road. These events will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Last year both events sold out, so be sure to make your reservations early.
Thank you very much for your interest and support. On behalf of the CCCC Steering Committee.