20 GCS Schools Honored for Promising Character Practices

Twenty Guilford County Schools are being recognized nationally for strategies they use to promote character education in their schools.

The 20 schools received 2017 Promising Practice Awards from the national organization, Character.org. The awards are given to schools for implementing unique, innovative and effective character education strategies.

This year’s winners are: Allen Middle, Brooks Global Studies, Erwin Montessori, Ferndale Middle, Grimsley High, Guilford Elementary, Hampton Elementary University Partnership Magnet, Dudley High (received two awards), Jesse Wharton Elementary, Kiser Middle, Madison Elementary, Murphey Traditional Academy ACES, Nathanael Greene Elementary, Northwest Middle, Penn Griffin School for the Arts, Sedalia Elementary, Southeast Guilford High, Sumner Elementary and Welborn Academy. The promising practice recipients provided a range of opportunities by creating a caring environment and engaging in experiences that emphasized students taking moral action.

“We are so proud of the school leadership and staff who promote student success by engaging them in opportunities to strengthen their self-awareness, social awareness and responsible decision-making skills,” said Yvonne Eason, coordinator of character development and service learning.

To date, GCS has received 85 national Promising Practice recognitions for specific character-based practices.

In addition to recognizing those 20 schools at its meeting Thursday night, the Guilford County Board of Education also recognized five GCS schools named 2017 National Schools of Character.