In May, national character education organization “Character.org” announced its Promising Practice Awards for schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations from across the United States, as well as from Canada, China, Columbia, and Mexico.
This year’s winning practices include unique anti-bullying programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership, and activities that build community, within the school and beyond.
Parkway Elementary School was honored to have its “Pawsitive Days of Service” project named a 2016 Promising Practice by the highly respected organization.
This project, funded by a grant from the Ewing Public Education Foundation, brings the entire Parkway school community together to assemble take-home lunch bags for patrons at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
The project begins with a school-wide kick-off assembly with a Trenton Area Soup Kitchen representative, and continues with grade level activities, a community collection of toiletry items, and student reflections.
According to Parkway Principal Nicole Harris, the project allows students to make a difference in the local community and gain perspective and leadership about how something that seems as small as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or decorating a card can make a big impact.
The Pawsitive Panthers Days of Service project was held in January. The project was designed and implemented by Mrs. Leigh Cline, Parkway Elementary School teacher, and Mrs. Birgitta Donato, Parkway’s guidance counselor.
By the conclusion of the project, the school had assembled over 1,000 plastic utensils kits, 31 toiletry bags and other donated toiletry items, as well as 108 take-home lunches with student-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, other food items, a homemade card, and a decorated lunch bag.
“At Parkway, we are dedicated to the development of the whole child and producing students who are connected to their community,” Principal Harris stated. “We were thrilled and honored to see our excited program recognized on an international level.”
Character.org will honor the 2016 Promising Practices recipients at the National Forum on Character Education in Washington, D.C. in October.
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Mrs. Nicole Harris, Principal Parkway Elementary School