Centerville’s Primary Village North Elementary was named a 2019 National School of Character by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character, and students and teachers celebrated at the school Friday afternoon.
“We are definitely excited to be recognized again for our character education program,” said Principal Mindy Cline. “I am so proud of our teachers, students and families for embracing character education and the positive effect it has on our school community.”
According to Cline, the staff teaches character education through a variety of programs, including service activities and donations for local charities, sending flowers to residents in senior living facilities, performing for veterans, and recognizing students and classes who go above and beyond to show kindness to others.
District spokeswoman Sarah Swan said the school serves about 650 students in preschool, kindergarten and first grade and has more than 70 staff members. It is one of 88 schools in the United States – and the only one in Ohio – to be recognized as a National Schools of Character by Character.org in 2019. It was first recognized as a National School of Character in 2014.
“Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities,” Swan said.
Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s “11 Principles of Effective Character Education,” a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.
Primary Village North joins Stingley Elementary as the two Centerville City Schools that have been named Schools of Character. Stingley was recognized as a National School of Character in 2018.
Primary Village North is part of Centerville City Schools, which serve nearly 8,400 students in Centerville and Washington Twp.
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