Chartiers Valley to host 'Celebrate CV!'
The Chartiers Valley community will come together to celebrate the good things occurring in the school district, as the second annual Celebrate CV! returns March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The program, which showcases student accomplishments and school and local organizations, will be held at Chartiers Valley Middle School, 50 Thoms Run Road in Collier.
“It's celebrating all the things that are good among us,” said Jillian Bichsel, director of curriculum.
The event was created to celebrate “who we are” as a district, with its diversity and student achievements, Bichsel said.
This year, Celebrate CV! will focus on STEMx, creativity and diversity in the district. Each will have demonstrations or presentations on what they look like in the district.
To showcase STEMx activities in the district, middle school and high school robotics teams will exhibit their robots and the middle school STEM tech lab will share examples of projects students create.
There will be student performances to celebrate creativity, and a local Ukrainian dance group will perform. Student artwork also will be on display.
To celebrate diversity, students will demonstrate how to write in Arabic and Chinese and discuss the culture of clothing in other countries as opposed to the U.S.
The program also will include an expo in the new middle school's main lobby. Student groups, like student council, the Gay Straight Alliance, Global Scholars and the district's No Place for Hate, will be present along with outside organizations including local YMCA, Anti-Defamation League and local municipal leaders and the district's school resource officers.
Immigrant Services and Connections also will be present to provide resources for families.
Burgh Bites food truck — owned by a Chartiers Valley graduate — also will be on site for the celebration.
Community members also will be invited to take student-led tours of the new Chartiers Valley Middle School.
“We've been trying to focus on the positives. There's a lot of bad going on in schools right now, obviously, and we want to focus on the good,” Bichsel said.