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Local elementary schools named National Schools of Character

Francis Howell School District’s Independence Elementary and Wentzville School District’s Discovery Ridge Elementary each have been named a National School of Character by Character.org.

Just 73 schools and 5 districts from across the country received the 2018 National Schools and Districts of Character designation.

Character.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people everywhere become educated, inspired and empowered to be ethical and compassionate citizens. Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates certify schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development with a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. The schools selected as State Schools of Character are then evaluated for national certification as National Schools of Character. 

“At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character. Their dedication to character development is reducing the skills gap by equipping the future workforce with transferable relationship skills needed to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” Doug Karr, president and CEO of Character.org., said. 

Character.org will honor the designated schools and districts at its 25th National Forum on Character from Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C.

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