Sappington Elementary named State School of Character

Sappington Elementary named State School of Character

Sappington Elementary School is one of 18 schools recently named a Missouri and Illinois School of Character by

Sappington was one of seven CharacterPlus schools and one district that reapplied to become a State School and District of Character, showing the sustainability and growth this process offers.

Sappington Elementary School has created a culture of character that extends into every area of learning, including a Bucket of Wishes program to assist Sappington families in need. and an emphasis on student leadership habits and development, according to a news release.

“The Sappington students, staff and community are very proud to be recognized once again as a Missouri State School of Character,” Principal Craig Hamby stated in the release. “We strive to ensure that good character, respect and responsibility is the foundation of our school on a daily basis.”

This year, Missouri again claimed more State Schools of Character than any other state. These schools have demonstrated that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Nationally, only 68 schools and 4 districts from 16 states received the honor this year, 25 percent of the schools recognized were CharacterPlus members.

Recognition as a State School of Character is a prerequisite to’s National Schools of Character program. The goal is to recognize schools and districts that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education —


Schools will hold this status for three years. If they become a National School of Character, they will hold title for five years.