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Promising Practices awarded in Rockwood

By: Bonnie Krueger

Local schools earned 2017 Promising Practices Awards, recognizing unique, specific and effective character education strategies. A total of 73 promising practices were noted in Missouri schools, including 17 from 13 Rockwood schools.

In an effort to pull students, families and the community together with service learning, Bowles Elementary made a decision to partner with and support the Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis.

Center for Creative Learning’s Family Declaration guided the community in developing and practicing core values so that they became habitual patterns of behavior.

Chesterfield Elementary’s program “Ignite the Hero Within” honored “silent heroes” by partnering up with various charities, learning more about how they operate and collecting items for those in need.

Crestview Middle celebrated the diversity of students by hosting an international week, planned by teachers and students for students, parents and community members. Also at Crestview Middle, service projects were designed and executed by 100 percent of the school’s staff and students.

Eureka Elementary built unity and strong relationships among staff and students in support of the school’s core values, which are “learn, lead, love.”

Kellison Elementary hosted “Adventure Guide” lunch sessions each semester with administration and a group of peers to discuss the school, community, and culture, in addition to sharing ideas for future planning. Kellison also had an “Only One You” Rock Garden to celebrate differences and the fact that there is “only one you.”

Lafayette High created the Lancer Restorative Center, an alternative classroom and setting for students who frequently miss school and require additional academic, social or emotional support.

Pond Elementary’s “Panthers on the Prowl” was a school-wide initiative that used service learning activities to connect students and staff with the greater community in a mutually beneficial ways.

Rockwood Early Childhood had its annual Fun Walk/Run, as a fundraising and community-building event for local community agencies. Students, parents and community members joined together to raise money for the designated ​organization.

Stanton Elementary had the “Let Me Inspire You” program, where parents and grandparents supported the PTO program by purchasing cards to write inspiring notes to students.

Wild Horse Elementary hosted English language classes for adult family members so that all of their families felt included in the school community. Wild Horse also hosted the “Building Bridges” event, which is a monthly gathering of English Speakers of Other Language [ESOL] families, staff and volunteers to build relationships, increase parent involvement, and enhance academic skills.

Wildwood Middle partnered students with disabilities with groups of non-disabled peers to work together in athletics and to promote and develop caring social interaction through their “Athletes in Action” program.

Woerther Elementary students connected learning and helping others in need through positive behavior and choices, further motivating others to do the same. Another program at Woerther showed appreciation of Ballwin law enforcement officers through care bags.

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