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Burgess Elementary School named a National School of Character


Burgess Elementary School is among 29 schools in the country to be named a National School of Character (NCOS) by the Character Education Partnership. Each winning school or school district is recognized for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. The National Schools of Character will be featured at the National Forum on Character Education to take place October 24-27, 2013, in Washington, DC, where they will share their secrets to success.
“Schools of Character are places that foster more than just academic growth—these are nurturing educational communities that support parents in their most important job—raising good kids,” said NSOC Director Lara Maupin.
The National Schools of Character come from a variety of settings – urban, suburban, and rural—and 15 different states. Most of those selected as National Schools of Character demonstrate growth in terms of academics (increasing or high test scores), behavior (reduction in disciplinary actions), and climate (survey results show students feel safe and respected). All of the schools have created caring, supportive school communities that meet the needs of students. Another aspect that the schools share—all reach out to parents and community members.
Burgess is one of three schools in South Carolina that are recipients of the 29 awards. The two others include Doby's Mill Elementary School, in Lugoff, and North Round Top Elementary School, in Blythewood.

About the Character Education Partnership:

The Character Education Partnership is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, DC, they are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in our nation’s schools. They provide the vision, leadership and resources for school, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world. For more information about State and National Schools of Character and how schools can improve through high-quality character education,

Posted 5-16-13