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2019 Commemoration Schools program is a statewide initiative to make the themes of the 2019 Commemoration, democracy, diversity, and opportunity, relevant to Virginia’s students across the Commonwealth

Hampton City Schools Leads Participation in 2019 Commemoration Schools Program

Hampton is First School District in Commonwealth to Boast 100 Percent School Participation in Statewide Program

Hampton, VA, -- Hampton City Schools is setting the standard with 100 percent of the district’s 32 schools participating in the 2019 Commemoration Schools program. The 2019 Commemoration Schools program is a statewide initiative to make the themes of the 2019 Commemoration, democracy, diversity, and opportunity, relevant to Virginia’s students across the Commonwealth.

2019 Commemoration Schools program is a statewide initiative to make the themes of the 2019 Commemoration, democracy, diversity, and opportunity, relevant to Virginia’s students across the CommonwealthCurrently 112 of the 132 school districts in Virginia are participating in the 2019 Commemoration Schools program. Hampton City Schools is the very first district in the state to be able to boast the fact that every one of the district’s 32 schools is an active, official participant.

As part of the yearlong effort to promote these themes and to incorporate 2019 spirit and knowledge into our school community and classroom environment, the following Commemoration-themed projects are a sampling of what is occuring in Hampton classrooms: 

In September, the themes of Democracry and Opportunity were emphasized with a division-wide observance on Constitution Day.

  • At Barron, Booker, Langley, and Armstrong elementary schools, students created their own classroom constitutions and held signing ceremonies.
  • At Kecoughtan High School, government students designed a Google Voting form. After students participated in this mock election, the votes were tabulated, analyzed, and compared to the actual election day results.
  • Kecoughtan, Phoebus, Bethel, and Hampton high school teachers held a highly successful voter registration drive.

Beginning in October, the theme of diversity was emphasized as fourth graders in all of our elementary schools toured Fort Monroe. Our twelfth grade students will also have this opportunity later in the year. These tours are significant as this location is where the proud members of the African country of Angola first arrived in North America in 1619 after they were enslaved and taken from their ancestral homeland.

In November, schools participated in a division wide “Week of Thanks” as a way to show that only in collaboration with one another, can we create opportunity for all in our community.

In December, the division continued our highly successful collection of food and school supplies to ensure our families were provided for during the holiday season.

In January and February, the division has focused on the themes of diversity, innovation, and opportunity.

The 2019 Commemoration Schools program is a critical part of the larger 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, a national observance of the 400th anniversary of pivotal 1619 Virginia events that forever changed the trajectory of Virginia and America’s history. These 1619 events include the First Representative Legislative Assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers to the Virginia colony, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America and the launch of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Commonwealth.

During the 2019 commemorative year, American Evolution will host a series of exhibitions and signature events,that build awareness of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States. American Evolution is committed to sharing an inclusive and authentic historical narrative that sheds light on the untold, or under-told, stories of events and people who significantly shaped 400 years of Virginia’s and America’s evolution. Programming inspires local, national and international engagement in the themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity, and reinforces Virginia’s leadership in education, tourism, and economic development.

2019 Commemoration Schools program is a statewide initiative to make the themes of the 2019 Commemoration, democracy, diversity, and opportunity, relevant to Virginia’s students across the CommonwealthFor more information about American Evolution’s upcoming events, programs and educational initiatives, visit You can also connect with them through social media (@Commemorate2019), the recently-launched Virginia History Trails mobile app, and American Evolution Stories, the Commemoration’s online storytelling platform.

About Hampton City Schools
In collaboration with our community, Hampton City Schools ensures academic excellence for every child, every day, whatever it takes. We believe that the developmental needs of children are central to every aspect of the operation of Hampton City Schools and that all interactions with our stakeholders must be governed by our core values - integrity, responsibility, innovation, excellence, and professionalism. With approximatley 19,000 students and 3,200 staff members, Hampton City Schools has unique offerings such as an elementary school for the arts, two fundamental elementary schools, an elementary magnet school for technology, a magnet middle school, and a gifted center. Through the Academies of Hampton the division is transforming the traditional high school experience into an innovative model that prepares all students for careers, linking academic courses to college majors and career sectors. With 16 wall-to-wall academies and 44 offered pathways, there is a unique academic experience for all young people.

About the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution
The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution™, highlights events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured programs, events and legacy projects position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism and economic development. American Evolution™ commemorates the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. Dominion Resources is an American Evolution Founding Partner and Altria Group and TowneBank are Virginia Colony Partners.

2019 Commemoration Schools program is a statewide initiative to make the themes of the 2019 Commemoration, democracy, diversity, and opportunity, relevant to Virginia’s students across the Commonwealth 2019 Commemoration Schools program is a statewide initiative to make the themes of the 2019 Commemoration, democracy, diversity, and opportunity, relevant to Virginia’s students across the Commonwealth

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