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Meadow Elementary School Named 2019 New York State School of Character

Check out Newsday for coverage of Meadow being named a State School of Character.


Meadow Elementary School is one of 87 schools nationwide to receive the 2019 State School of Character award, designated by Character.org. The award recognizes Meadow as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and Meadow’s climate. The administration and teachers have worked with all approximately 600 students on building character and encouraging respect and kindness since the start of the school year.

The Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through Character.org’s 11 Principles of Character framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation.

A rigorous five-part application process is required to be in contention to receive this prestigious recognition. Throughout the process, the entire school—from students, to teachers, to parents—becomes involved in a deep dive into its core values.

Character education is an educational initiative that supports the social, emotional, and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others. Character education provides long-term solutions to moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern in our society and our schools. Through character education, students learn how to be their best selves and how to do their best work while making school a place where students and educators feel comfortable and able to work.