CCCS Santa Brigade: Greate Philadelphia Area's Largest, Single-School Holiday Gift Event

16-Dec-2010 | News-Press Release

TO:                   City Editors, Education Editors, Photo Editors, Assignment Editors, News Directors, and Broadcast Editors

Chester, Pa. December 16, 2010 - For the 12th consecutive year, on Friday, December 17, every single student at Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) will receive a gift during the school’s annual Santa Brigade event. More than 2,700 gifts are being donated to the students by Vahan and Danielle Gureghian of Charter School Management, Inc., which owns and manages the school. The total value of the gifts, this year, is an estimated $48,600, and about $345,600, year-to-date. Those amounts rank the CCCS Santa Brigade program as the largest, single-school Christmas gift program in the Greater Philadelphia area.


In addition to their presents, students in kindergarten and first grade will receive a special surprise, as their gifts will be hand-delivered by Santa Claus, himself, as he distributes toys throughout the morning, at the school.


With more than 2,700 students, the Chester-based school is the largest K-to-8th grade charter school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. According to Vahan Gureghian, the Santa Brigade program was launched 12 years ago when he and other school founders realized that it was not unusual for many of their school’s students to go through the entire holiday season without a single gift.



·         Hon. Wendell N. Butler, mayor, City of Chester

·         Vahan Gureghian, CEO, Charter School Management Inc.

·         Steven E. Lee, CEO, Chester Community Charter School

·         More than 2,700 students and staff of Chester Community Charter School

·         Santa Claus


WHEN:                  Friday, December 17, 2010

                             9:30am - 11:30am


WHERE:               Chester Community Charter School

                            East Campus

                            225 East 5th Street

                            Chester, PA 19013


Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

Contact: Dominique Landry
Tel: 215-922-7184


Steven E. Lee
Tel: 610-447-0400

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