2017 STATE SCHOOL OF CHARACTER
January 27, 2017, LIBERTY ELEMENTARY was named a 2017 State School of Character!
The honor, awarded to Liberty Elementary School by the international Character.org organization, bestowed to only 80 schools nationwide. Liberty ES is the only school from Georgia to win the designation this year!
Recipients are models of excellence within their states for teaching students to recognize positive ethical and performance character traits and develop them in themselves. Liberty Elementary will now move on to the national evaluation process, which will include either a physical or virtual site visit to determine if the school earns the distinction of National School of Character. On the week of May 8th, Character.org will hold a national press conference in Washington, DC to announce the 2017 National School of Character recipients. In the meantime, we will continue to build and strengthen our character education program.
2016 PROMISING PRACTICE AWARD WINNER
Liberty Elementary has been selected by Character.Org as a Promising Practices Award Winner for 2016. This is Liberty’s first national award which honors the work by second grade students and teachers who responded to a need in the community with a service project where students created 100 “Have a Heart for Seniors Boxes” that they delivered with a group of parent helpers to seniors at the Brian Center in Canton. The second grade students wrote individual cheerful notes to the seniors on Valentines and filled their decorated shoe boxes with items they had collected such as combs, lotion, note cards, pens, and snacks. The students had a great time meeting new people and greeting them with the boxes, telling the seniors “Happy Valentine’s Day.” The seniors were all smiles and were appreciative for the children thinking about them. Liberty Elementary will be honored in Washington, D.C. at the National Forum for Character Education on October 14, 2016. You can read more about the national Promising Practices award winners at character.org. Character.org has given 326 Promising Practices Awards to schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations from across the United States — as well as from Canada, China, Colombia, and Mexico.
Liberty ES has also won a second Promising Practice Award for the Student Leadership Team. This group of students, in fourth and fifth grades, work together with the #BeKind Committee to help make decisions for the school in promoting character education. The Student Leadership Team is responsible for discussing topics on the morning news show on Thoughtful Thursday segments. Students read good gossip about our school that students and faculty write on Lion Paws, they share the 11 principles and remind students how we implement them, they share news such as how the service projects are going, and show the students videos they have created to serve as reminders for expectations for behavior (ex: Playground Safety video showing ways to play safely on the equipment).