The ninth annual National Schools of Character awards program recognizes K-12 schools and districts that demonstrate outstanding character-education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. Although winners may differ in method, content, and scope, all emphasize core ethical values such as honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. Applicants are encouraged look at the criteria “Character Education Quality Standards” to determine whether they might qualify. Selected schools and districts receive a cash award of $2,000, national recognition, and a featured position in the Character Education Partnership’s “National Schools of Character” publication.

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