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McKelvey Elementary named 2012 Missouri School of Character

McKelvey Elementary School was named a "2012 Missouri State School of Character" by CHARACTERplus.  McKelvey is one of only ten elementary schools in the state of Missouri to receive the prestigious award.

"I am so proud of my staff, students and community members for the very important role they play in developing and promoting strong character among our children," says Principal Kim Cohen.

With 615 students from over 20 countries, McKelvey's character education committee has worked as a group for the past four years to guide implementation of the 11 principles of character education.  The school has also been nominated for national recognition.

"We help students understand that strong character is something they will carry with them throughout their life," says Kim. "It is essential that children understand that the McKelvey Code of Conduct (McKelvey students are responsible, respectful, safe and cooperative learners) will serve them well in and out of school."

The school will hold the State Schools of Character honor for three years. McKelvey was formally honored at the CHARACTERplus Character Education Conference June 25-27, 2012 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

CHARACTERplus, a project of Cooperating School Districts, works to advance the cause of character education and sustain its impact on the lives of educators and students by:

  • designing, promoting and facilitating processes and best practices;
  • serving educators and enhancing their commitment to character education
  • actively recruiting and developing community support; and
  • continually evaluating the impact of our programs and services.

The process itself is modeled after the National Schools of Character program founded by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington D.C. in 1998. There are more than 130 indicators assessed, including the reduction of bullying and incivility and the development of intrinsic motivation, meaningful curriculum, student empowerment, staff collegiality, service, and shared moral leadership among staff, students and parents.