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Vandagriff Earns Outstanding Honor for 4th Consecutive Year

RELEASE: MAY 7, 2020

capturing kids hearts Vandagriff Elementary has received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 4th consecutive year!

Vandagriff won the award for the 2019-2020 school year from the Flippen Group. Six years ago, Vandagriff began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents.

After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Vandagriff leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ HeartsⓇ to its campus. Teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. They learned how to create a classroom environment where students are excited to enter and learn every day.

Through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates campuses that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these awards based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation by Flippen Group personnel, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

Congratulations to Vandagriff Elementary for this outstanding honor!