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Grant School Family's Character Education Program Honored in Washington DC

The Grant School Family (Grant Elementary School and the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics) received a national honor for its character education initiatives. The National Forum on Character, sponsored by the Character Education Partnership, was held in Washington D.C., October 29-31. The conference gathered the leaders in character education from across the nation to celebrate the successes and renew the commitment to the mission of developing character and life skills in children and families. Speakers and presenters at the forum included General Colin Powell, Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, and best-selling author, Sean Covey.

Character Connections Family Homework is the Promising Practice for which the Grant School Family was recognized. Character Connections are assignments that students' families complete which tie together the rules and values taught at home with those taught at school. Character education is most effective when families and school join efforts and Character Connections is an example of how this happens for students and families at Grant School and ESAA

Lisa Biemann, school counselor for the Grant School Family, attended the National Forum to accept the award on behalf of the school community. The trip was funded by the combined efforts of the students, staff, and PTO of the Grant School Family who raised the money to make it possible.

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Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 23, 2009