The Chelsea Foundation blog was created in April 2012 to provide adults with a free space to share ideas on more effective methods for building lasting and meaningful relationships with children.
The Chelsea Foundation is centered on three priorities embodied by Chelsea, the stork mascot: family, community consciousness, and the nurturing of values. The Foundation works to improve and ensure the future’s quality of life and level of prosperity by instituting a Quality Effort Award Program. The first phase of this program will have long-lasting effects on today’s elementary school students, producing clear-cut results for generations to come.
The Quality Effort Award Program will motivate creative thinking, reward earnest effort, and encourage the spread of literacy across the curriculum by making the following tools available to teachers:
- Chelsea’s Beacon is an online magazine filled with appropriate material for students from grades one through six. It offers many beneficial methods, formats, and outlets that promote the written word. We use only material submitted by a national volunteer effort of skilled professional and amateur writers.
- The Student’s Beat is a children’s day planner that can be used as a day-to-day journal throughout the school year. The journal helps students set realistic goals as teachers guide them in their efforts to achieve their goals. The journal offers teachers a practical, lively, and enjoyable method to help children take greater control over their own lives inside and outside of the classroom.
- The Quality Effort Award recognizes the effort that students put into their schoolwork throughout the year. Teachers will receive certificates to distribute to deserving students.
Good – better – best! Never rest until good is better and better is best!
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.
There is no cost to children, parents, teachers, or schools!