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, has been bestowed to only 80 schools nationwide. Liberty ES was the only school from Georgia to win this designation for 2017! Recipients are models of excellence within their states for teaching students to recognize positive ethical and performance character traits and develop them in themselves.
2017 PROMISING PRACTICE AWARD WINNER
Liberty has won two awards from Character.org for Third Grade’s Service Learning Project to support the Nicholas House in Atlanta and for Liberty’s Character Walk.
The first award was to celebrate the students’ work, along with their parents, to make donations of supplies that homeless families could use while using the Nicholas House, a shelter that honors the family unit and keeps families together during their stressful time of being homeless. Representative third graders were able to deliver their collection along with their parents to the families at the Nicholas House who were very appreciative. Students wrote nice notes to the families to uplift them and help them to know that Liberty ES was thinking about them during this stressful time.
The second award was for the Character Walk that was created using QR Code Readers to view videos explaining the Character Education program at Liberty. Posters have been displayed throughout the school’s hallways and have QR codes attached to the posters so that, visitors, parents, students, and staff may view the videos explaining our character foundation including topics such as: PRIDE Values, State School of Character explanation by administration, the 14 Languages of Liberty with students saying welcome in their native languages, a Service Learning display of the projects completed by students during the year, the Good Gossip Box explaining and how students write positive things going on at Liberty on Lion Paws, the Be Kind Chant and Pledge are displayed, the BUGS ticket system, and new student Welcome Bags that have bookmarks with pictures of the staff the new students will meet and get to know.
Liberty is honored to have received FOUR PROMISING PRACTICES AWARDS to date and is continuing to improve upon Character Education implementation as our focus is to work to encourage students to develop positive, intrinsic values and social skills that will be important to their future success as good citizens. You can read more about the national Promising Practices award winners and State School of Character winners at character.org.
2016 PROMISING PRACTICE AWARD WINNER
Liberty Elementary has been selected by Character.Org as a Promising Practices Award Winner for two awards in 2016.
This was Liberty’s first national award which celebrated 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 ES also won a second Promising Practice Award for the creation of and implementation of the Student Leadership Team, a voice for students in developing a character education foundation at Liberty ES. This group of students, selected from fourth and fifth grades, work together with the teachers’ #BeKind Committee to help make decisions for the school in promoting character education. The Student Leadership Team is responsible for discussing character education 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 of Effective Character Education, they update the school on how the service projects are going, share the student-created videos to serve as reminders for expectations for behavior (ex: Playground Safety video showing ways to play safely on the equipment). Students meet monthly to come up with ideas on how to promote Liberty’s PRIDE VALUES and to encourage students to develop their intrinsic values of learning to do the right thing without expecting rewards for doing so.