A Community Problem Solving team from Cople Elementary School in Westmoreland County scored a first place finish in the Junior Division of the Environmental/Health Concerns category at this year's International Conference. Their project, "Fitness Force," was created by Kylie Jones, Jackson Sichol, Jack Lahey, Robert Beale-Lopez, Abby Kesling, Gabby Griggs, Shailee Bevens, and Izaac Bojorquez. The team was coached by Anne Evans and Andrew Woodson.
Another Westmoreland County team from Montross Middle School and Washington and Lee High School won second place in the Education category. "Project Ctrl" was submitted by Skylar Swann, Dontrelle Coleman, Justin Sumiel, Lucy Shryok, Payton Jones, and Mariajose Oceguera. The team is also coached by Anne Evans and Andrew Woodson.
A community problem is a problem that exists within the school, local community, region, state, or nation. In the Community Problem Solving Program (CmPS) teams apply skills learned in Future Problem Solving to real problems in their community. Teams move from hypothetical issues to real world, authentic concerns, implementing a developed action plan. The top Community Problem Solving Team projects in Virginia are invited to the FPSP International Conference in June.
Teams are divided into three divisions:
Grades 4 - 6 (Junior)
Individual Community Problem Solving is identical in structure and purpose to the regular Community Problem Solving Program except that an individual rather than a team carries out the project.
The component is administered in Virginia by Anne Evans.