Eight schools in Mehlville School District earn national character education awards

Character Education is a vital component in each of the Mehlville School District’s schools, and its presence helps students to develop the characteristics needed to become successful adults, according to a district news release.

For their efforts in character education, eight Mehlville schools have been honored by the Character Education Partnership, or CEP, with 2010 Promising Practices Awards in Character Education.

Beasley, Blades, Forder, Point, Trautwein and Wohlwend elementary schools have received national recognition this year, along with Margaret Buerkle Middle School and Oakville Senior High School, for implementing effective programs that encourage the ethical, social and academic growth of students through character education.

“Character education is embedded in what we do throughout the Mehlville School District as we guide our students towards becoming ethical, compassionate, service-minded adults,” Deputy Superintendent Eric Knost stated in the release.

“To have eight of our schools receive this national recognition speaks to the success of our current character education program, and we look forward to future successes as we continue to develop the program throughout our district,” the deputy superintendent added.

As part of its National Schools of Character awards program, the CEP gives annual Promising Practices Awards to schools and districts in the U.S. and around the world for implementing unique and specific strategies in character education.

The following programs in the Mehlville School District have been honored this year:

• Beasley Elementary School — Junior Counselors and Veterans Parade.

• Blades Elementary School — Student Goal-Setting Conferences and Rolls with Role Models.

• Forder Elementary School — Multicultural Night for English Language Learn Families.

• Margaret Buerkle Middle School — Student-Led Conferences.

• Oakville Senior High School — Pinning Down Breast Cancer.

• Point Elementary School — Afghanistan Project.

• Trautwein Accelerated Elementary School — Character Education Days.

• Wohlwend Elementary School — Stu-dent-Led Character Lessons.

The CEP is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society.

The organization recognizes state and national Schools of Character besides honoring individual districts and schools for their Promising Practices in character education.

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