2019 Commemoration Schools

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Virginia is home to an intriguing history and a bright future, and we believe that every member of our state’s school communities can be inspired by Virginia’s past challenges and successes.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and the 2019 Commemoration invite every school community in the Commonwealth to engage with the 2019 Commemoration through the 2019 Commemoration Schools campaign. Schools can choose from our ideas, or create their own projects and activities. Whether you are a principal, classroom teacher, a media specialist, or division leader, there are numerous ways for you to participate! Participation is open to every public or private school or homeschool community in the Commonwealth. (K-12).

Our Mission: 

The “2019 Schools” program will engage students, educators, and staff in every division in Virginia with the themes of the commemoration—Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity—to increase pride in Virginia’s history and future among the state’s young emerging leaders.

The program will launch in the fall of 2018 and close in April with a 2019 Schools Spirit Week in April.

Bring the year 1619 to life in your elementary school classroom with 2019 digital curriculum, including the animated video series, Guardians of Jamestown, 1619

Plan “giving back” opportunities and art projects for your school community during “A Week of Thanks” in November

Collaborate on Digital Learning Day projects with other 2019 Schools or Celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th.

Encourage student projects about the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity for Virginia History Day.

Team up with your school’s Media Specialist on reading challenges and digital book review projects for students.

FAQs

What is American Evolution?

The 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, honors the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. The year 1619 was a pivotal year in the establishment of the first permanent English Colony in North America. It was the year of 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, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the Virginia colony.

 

What is 2019 Schools?

The 2019 Commemoration Schools program is a yearlong challenge for school communities in Virginia to demonstrate their 2019 spirit through participation in contests, projects, and activities that are sponsored by the 2019 Commemoration and partners or are unique to communities, schools, and divisions.

 

Is this limited to history teachers?

No! Faculty and staff from all disciplines are encouraged to sign up.

 

Can private schools/ homeschool students participate?

Yes! Public, private, and homeschools can participate in 2019 Schools.

 

How do I sign up?

Put your email in the box above to receive more information.

 

Why should I participate?

  • Increase your students’ understanding of Virginia’s history and future!
  • Receive official recognition by the Commonwealth of Virginia, including a letter of recognition from the Governor of Virginia
  • Use of an exclusive banner to show your 2019 Pride
  • Be gifted books related to the Commemoration themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity