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SES character program to receive recognition

April 3, 2008

The Kansas State Department of Education in partnership with the National Park Service and the Kansas State Attorney General's Office will recognize Starside Elementary School for demonstrating an outstanding character education program.

Starside is one of nine schools or districts in Kansas to receive the honor that will be presented by the Kansas State Board of Education Chairman Bill Wagnon at 11 a.m. May 8 at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

The Kansas Schools of Character Award recipients are schools and/or districts that have demonstrated education principles that include creating a caring school community, engaging families and community members as partners in character-building efforts, fostering self-motivation and implementing meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops character and helps students succeed.

The awards are made possible through a grant sponsored by the Character Education Partnership, a national organization promoting character education programs in schools. According to CEP, "Character education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share."

Other officials to be present at the ceremony include Dennis Vásquez, superintendent, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site; Cindy Patton, executive director, Topeka City of Character Project; Sue Kidd, Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center; Dr. Tom Foster, interim deputy commissioner, Learning and Innovative Services and Lynn Vásquez, education program consultant for history/government, Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

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