Initiatives at Rockwood Early Childhood Education
, Selvidge Middle
and Woerther Elementary
have been recognized as 2020 Promising Practices by Character.org
In the Promising Practices program, Character.org honors initiatives from schools around the country that foster character development in their students. This year, Character.org identified 246 Promising Practices across the nation, including 35 in the state of Missouri.
Rockwood Early Childhood earned recognition for two of its initiatives: Celebrate Culture Night and a Firefighter Service Learning Partnership. Selvidge earned recognition for its Wheelchair Basketball Program, and Woerther was selected for a project called "This Is Us: Creating a Positive School Community."
"Our staff, students and parents have been focused on creating a positive school climate. Many of our visitors always make remarks about how happy our students and staff members are. Our students know how much all of us care about each of them," said Woerther Principal Jane Levy, who credited Assistant Principal Jenny Yuede with preparing the school's Character.org application. "We are very pleased to receive this recognition. We are even happier about having a positive school climate! We can't say enough about the importance of being cared for and loved."
Character.org will honor each 2020 Promising Practice recipient at
its National Forum in Washington, D.C., from March 3-5, 2021. Rockwood Early Childhood, Selvidge and Woerther have all previously been certified as National Schools of Character by Character.org.
"A selection to a national Promising Practice is awarded only after meeting rigorous evaluation criteria for uniqueness, impact, clarity and character education values," said Dr. Suzanne Foshage, director of Rockwood Early Childhood Education. "This great accomplishment reflects our dedication to community, core values and school culture. I am so proud of all the work that went into achieving this prestigious recognition."