Three Parkway schools – Central High, Hanna Woods Elementary and West Middle – have been named State Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership for their focus on character development. In addition, McKelvey Elementary was recertified as a School of Character.
In Rockwood, Blevins Elementary and Lafayette High were recognized as State Schools of Character. This is Blevins’ second recognition.
Schools of Character must demonstrate that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. The designation comes from Character.org, a national advocate and leader in the movement to educate, inspire and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a positive impact.
Recognition as a State School of Character is a step toward being honored as a National School of Character. The 2019 National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2019.