Schools are Selected to Implement Character Education Programs

November 26, 2001

(CHARLESTON)...During the kick-off of the Safe Schools Conference, the West Virginia Department of Education will announce tonight the locations of the first Character Education Lighthouse Pilot Sites. These pilot sites are being funded through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to incorporate and integrate character education in the school environment and curriculum.  

Twenty-five pilot sites will be selected over a four-year period. In the first year of the application process, nine pilot sites and five planning grants were awarded. The pilot sites are: Doddridge County, Kanawha County, Marion County, Monongalia County, RESA 6, RESA VIII, Roane County, Webster County, and three schools in Upshur County (French Creek, Rock Cave and Hodgesville Elementary).  

Planning grants were awarded to West Milford Elementary in Harrison County, Stratton Elementary in Raleigh County, Mingo County, Nicholas County, and Ritchie County.  

“We congratulate the schools and counties receiving these awards,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “The initiatives resulting from these grants will not only provide excellent staff development for our teachers and administrators, but will involve the entire school community in identifying the core values of the school and working to reinforce those values in students’ lives.”  

Pilot sites were selected based on the following criteria: comprehensive integration of character education into the curriculum, incorporation of existing complementary programs such as Responsible Students, Respect and Protect, Conflict Resolution, Life Skills Training, and the inclusion of six general character traits of respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, justice and fairness, and honesty.  

West Virginia’s character education initiative is a comprehensive approach to incorporating character education into the existing curricular and co-curricular programs.

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