Russell's Roving Reporters

Russell’s Roving Reporters is a digital media production program for fourth and fifth-grade students.

About Chester is Cool

Chester is Cool is dedicated to helping children become lifelong learners. Through the Russell’s Roving Reporters program, students learn digital literacy and life skills in order to become leaders in their community. Families can access hundreds of free online resources on our website and learn about different nonprofit organizations, events and ways to help improve education for all students. 

Chester is Cool was founded by Sean Russell, a media producer with over 15 years of experience as an educator, technology specialist, and administrator. In 2005, he created the website and the puppet Chester D. Doogle as a way to entertain his students at Silver Ridge Elementary. Eventually, word began to spread, and other schools in South Florida began using the website.

Through Chester is Cool, elementary and middle school students are able to access hundreds of teacher-approved websites and watch content produced by other students. Our goal is to create an outlet where students can learn how to tell stories through video production. By introducing our Russell’s Roving Reporters program to schools across the country, we will be able to create a network of student producers that get to share positive news about their schools and community. This extends to producing stories about local nonprofit organizations, events, and community leaders.

Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with our organization.

I wanted to let you how integral the website, Chester is Cool, is to the staff and students here at Silver Ridge. As the technology specials teacher, I use this site to begin almost everything we do. What I love best about it is that it allows us quick access to many other sites without going through the labor of typing in the site. I was unaware that many of them even existed before I became familiar with Chester is Cool! We have access to videos, games, and testing sites. Mr. Russell even added a site that I had requested, which teaches the students a fun way to learn the keyboard. When students come in to take AR tests, do First in Math, River Deep, etc., these are all listed and make logging in so much quicker. Furhermore, Chester can be accessed at home, so the students and staff can use it when they are away from school. Annemarie Crawford

Technology Teacher, Silver Ridge Elementary

Sean Russell at Silver Ridge Elementary has created this most fabulous safe site for your students to use…absolutely free. He has checked out the locations, and made sure they are kid friendly. I have had the opportunity to use many of the locations. Bookmark the site and then students just click on the links. Deborah R. Gavilan

Director, Before and After School Care

What a great site for children to link to. I am the technology teacher at Hollywood Hills Elementary. Increasing the technology awareness in my school is a major goal of mine. Randy Rawlins

Teacher, Hollywood Hills Elementary

Our boys, ages 7 & 5, love chesteriscool.com so much. In fact, we can’t keep them off the computer! Not only is it lots of fun for them, we are thrilled with the educational content it delivers. They can’t wait to watch Chester’s shows and even our 22 month old daughter thinks he is the funniest guy around. Thank you for bringing Chester and all he has to offer into our house! Hayley and Michael Friend

Parents