Chick-fil-A honors Alcoa Elementary for values education

Accepting the award and congratulations from Chick-fil-A’s Frankie Turner, far right, are Merna Schott, Alcoa Elementary School principal, Kip Jones, AES Guidance, and first-grade students from Greg Simpson’s class.

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Accepting the award and congratulations from Chick-fil-A’s Frankie Turner, far right, are Merna Schott, Alcoa Elementary School principal, Kip Jones, AES Guidance, and first-grade students from Greg Simpson’s class.

Alcoa Elementary School was one of eight schools across the country honored recently by Chick-fil-A restaurants.

On May 26, Alcoa Elementary School was awarded a 2010 Core Essentials Award by Chick-fil-A, an honor named for the chain’s character education program that was established in 1998.

As one of eight schools nationwide to earn this distinction, Alcoa Elementary was awarded a $500 donation, as well as a plaque and letter signed by Chick-fil-A President and COO, Dan Cathy, recognizing the school’s efforts in character education.

According to a company press release, Chick-fil-A maintains partnerships with approximately 800 elementary schools throughout the country in an effort to incorporate character education in the classroom. The chain provides these schools with the “Core Essentials Program,” a turn-key curriculum designed to give teachers and parents the necessary tools to educate elementary-aged children about character and values.

Among the key components of the Core Essentials Program are the “Value-Able” cards, which are redeemable for a free Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meal. Teachers are encouraged to use these cards as a reward for students “caught” displaying positive character values.

“Chick-fil-A’s goal is to assist teachers in communicating morals and character education to children, and Alcoa Elementary works closely with us to instill these values in their students,” said Frankie Turner franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A restaurant located at Hunter’s Crossing Drive. “It’s my privilege to honor Alcoa Elementary School for working hard to teach students moral lessons, as well as scholastic ones. I encourage them to continue.”

Chick-fil-A presents its distinguished Core Essentials Award to the top Core Essentials schools in the country. To be considered for an award, participating schools submitted a nomination form to their local Chick-fil-A operator.

Chick-fil-A has established a reputation for supporting school systems throughout the nation. The chain has awarded more than $26 million in college scholarships and has co-sponsored fundraisers, reading programs and various other school-related initiatives.

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