Charleston, W.Va. - You don’t need a license to practice good character, but West Virginia drivers can have a license plate showing that they exhibit citizenship, respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, caring and fairness – the six pillars of good character. The students at Weberwood Elementary were the first to view the new plate. Along with the license plate unveiling, Weberwood students were the first to receive the first-ever Character Education calendar, designed by fellow-West Virginia student artists. Members of the West Virginia Board of Education, State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine and officials with the Division of Highways unveiled the calendar and license plate at an event with the students at Weberwood Elementary School.
Brady Fields, a Mingo County Career Center student, helps State Board President Lowell Johnson, State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine and Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joseph Cicchirillo unveil the poster of the Character Education license plate. Brady submitted the winning license plate design last spring
The Character Education calendar and license plate are products of a statewide competition held last spring for West Virginia public school students. Students were asked to submit artwork for the calendar, for the license plate or an essay or poem on the traits of good character for the contests.
Weberwood Elementary third grader Joey Aluise helps State Board President Lowell Johnson unveil the poster of the Character Education Calendar cover.Aluise submitted a poem that was published for the month of January's "Lend a Hand" theme
“It is so important that good character is part of our students’ lives each and everyday,” said Paine. “The first-ever character education license plate and calendar take the Board’s and Department’s commitment to new heights.”
Also invited to the event were the student artists and Roger Miller, the 2005 Character Educator of the Year. The Character Educator of the Year awards began in 2003 when the State Board named the late Paul Morris, also a member of the State Board, as its first Character Educator of the Year. The award is now known as the Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year.
Calendars are available for purchase for $2 through the Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools. Contact Lisa Burton, Character Education coordinator, at (304) 558-8830 for more information about the character education calendar.
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