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The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce honored Corr Elementary as its first School of the Month and surprised Principal Kristi-Lyn Ricketts with a $1,000 check.

SouthShore Chamber Honors Corr ES as first School of the Month

September 25, 2018 - Partners in Education

The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is honoring Corr Elementary School in Gibsonton with the organization’s first School of the Month award.

Members of the Chamber and sponsors greeted arriving parents and students outside of the school with cheers, a banner and balloons to celebrate the special recognition.

"We are so very honored and excited to be receiving this award,” said Corr Elementary School Principal, Kristi-Lyn Ricketts. “I am so happy that my staff, students, and families, who work hard every day, are being recognized for all the great things happening at Corr. It truly is a team effort!”

The Chamber selected Corr as the first School of the Month to honor staff and students for their many successes and accomplishments:

  • Last year, the school started a National Elementary Honor Society to recognize high-achieving students.
  • Family Breakfast Fridays: each week 2-3 classes invite their parents, grandparents, and other family members to have breakfast with the class in the cafeteria. This helps families, students, and teachers build that home-school connection.
  • The Robotics Team earned Gold and 2 Silver Awards in the 2018 Hillsborough Robotics Challenge in Innovative Thinking, Problem Solving, and Creative Engineering Design.
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program: works on organization, note-taking skills, and growth mindset. It holds students to the highest standards and provides academic and social support to help prepare students for success in high school, college and a career. Grades 4 and 5 are currently participating. The goal is to involve the entire school.

The Chamber presented the school with an award trophy, a framed certificate and the biggest surprise: a check for $1,000 – made possible through SouthShore Chamber of Commerce sponsorships. 

“I plan on using most of the money to buy student incentives for our Cub Cash Store,” said Principal Ricketts. “Students earn Cub Cash for demonstrating good citizenship and showing responsibility in the classroom and around campus. The rest of the money will be used to celebrate my staff at various times of the year."

The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce said there are many examples why Corr Elementary deserved to be selected as the School of the Month:

-Back to School Pep Rally and Kindergarten Clap-In

-Science Olympics Participants, Grades K-5

-ESPN (Exceptional Student Parent Network): one of three in the area that collaborates and plans trainings and family outings for our Special Needs Students.

-Literacy Night: The school and PTA plan an evening to help promote literacy for students.

-Fall Festival: Family Fun sponsored by the PTA with support of the school.

-Storybook Parade: Students dress up as their favorite storybook character and parade around the school to promote a love of reading.

-Veteran's Day Program: Military families are invited to a school wide-program to honor and support Veterans.

-Mo-Vember: The men on staff grow out their beards and raise money for men's cancer throughout November. Students who donate are placed in a drawing for a chance to shave staff members’ beards.

-Caring for Cubs: Staff raises money to buy toys for Corr families who are in need during the holidays.

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Contest: 3rd graders write an essay about MLK. The school collaborates with a local church that judges the essays awards prizes.

-Multicultural Living Wax Museum: 4th grade students choose to write about a famous or influential African American or Hispanic leader, dress up as that person, and present information to invited guests.

-2 High Impact Teachers: Mr. Wilbur and Dr. Thompson were recognized by the state for their work with students.

-Math Night at Publix: Corr partnered with the local Publix store to create grade-level, real-life math problems that kids could do while walking around Publix with their families.

-Art Show and Chorus performance: Collaboration between school staff to showcase students’ talents.

-Family Bingo Night: Sponsored by PTA

-Kindergarten Literacy Night and Spaghetti Dinner

-Volunteer Appreciation Banquet: Recognizes Corr's volunteers at a district banquet

- Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Teacher of the Year: Ms. Vatalaro was recognized at the District's Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Banquet

-Relay for Life: Corr is proud to have a team that participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser. 

New in the 2018-2019 School Year:

-Paw Print Memorial Garden: Campus beautification project by the PTA

-First Friends: Each class selects 2 students to be “First Friends” in their class. Their job is to welcome a new student, be their “first friends” and show them the “Corr Way.”

-Girls on the Run: Ms. Paquette and Ms. Eckert combined their love of running and students by working with 10 girls after school. The group focuses on building self-esteem through lessons and running. They will participate in a 5K.

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