Chelsea’s Announcements & Updates
October is Children’s Magazine Month!
Visit the official online magazine for The Chelsea Foundation: Chelsea’s Beacon. Filled with appropriate material for elementary students from grades one through six, the magazine offers methods, formats, and outlets that promote literacy and the written word. Children are encouraged to submit original pieces, such as short stories and illustrations, to Chelsea’s Beacon for publication. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check it out! Chelsea’s Beacon is featured in Savvy Auntie: 5 Children’s Magazines for Nieces and Nephews! Savvy Auntie is an online magazine and community for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers, and all women who love kids.
The Quality Effort Award (QEA) Program motivates creative thinking, rewards earnest effort, and encourages the spread of literacy across the curriculum via the following tools made available to elementary school teachers: Chelsea’s Beacon, The Student’s Beat (day planner), and the Quality Effort Award. The award recognizes the effort that students put into their schoolwork throughout the year.
The Quality Effort Award Program is about focus. Comprehension and retention can only be encouraged, not mandated. This is especially true for children! Children who have survived traumatic experiences, such as natural disasters, may find it difficult to focus in the classroom. Students suffering from trauma, depression, and a host of other problems can quickly fall behind their other classmates, rendering them unable to visualize their own progress. They often give up when emphasis is placed on results and begin interpreting their failures through the phrase, “I’m dumb!” This attitude often compounds the situation, making a teacher’s job more difficult. Teachers must contend with the children’s emotional wounds – wounds that some may carry throughout their entire lives. By prioritizing the quality of effort over result, knowledge is more readily accepted and acquired. Effort invites encouragement, encouragement begets more effort, and desirable results ensue.
The Quality Effort Award Program was tested and deemed successful in 1983 but was later set aside due to a lack of cost-effective supporting tools. Today, we possess the tools necessary to achieve successes that can be measured quickly through the California Achievement Test (CAT). The addition of planned parent, teacher, and student surveys will allow the program’s accomplishments to be better matched against expectations. The program has checkpoints for maintaining quality control, making necessary adjustments, and promoting national expansion. We also plan to expand our services to include age appropriate programs for upper-grade students.
A volunteer Board of Directors oversees administration and program activities. An Advisory Board and an Honorary Board of Celebrated Winners lends themselves in support of the children. Formed as a nonprofit charitable organization, the program is tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3); this is based on a retroactive ruling issued by the Internal Revenue Service on January 5, 2008 and set to July 11, 2005. The Chelsea Foundation is incorporated in Georgia and registered with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.
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For more information, visit www.chelseafoundation.org.
Welcome Our Newest Volunteer!
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Chelsea’s Blog volunteer Claudette Hegel. She is the author of more than 250 publications, including eight books. Read her first post from this week’s lineup, Children’s Books: Categories Parents Should Know.
Please, visit our Volunteer page or contact our managing editor at anvavia [at] gmail [dot] com if you are interested in volunteering to write for us!