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2009 Minnesota Promising Practices Award Program

Avalon School, St. Paul, MN
Avalon Governance Model

Students in grades 7-12 learn self-determination, responsibility and respect for others byparticipating in the Avalon Circle, Congress and Peer Mediation programs outlined in their constitution. This framework helps students acquire positive skills, attitudes and behaviors.

Contact – Carrie Bakken, Program Coordinator:

Chatfield Elementary, Belle Plaine, MN
All-School Morning Meeting
The first Friday of each month, this K-2 elementary school holds a school-wide morningmeeting. The meeting begins with a welcome from each classroom. Second grade students then model the character theme for the month and “Terrific Tiger” awards are presented to students that were nominated for practicing the previous month’s theme. This teacher-led initiative has been successful and parent attendance at the monthly morning meeting continues to increase.
Contact – Lisa Treml, School Counselor:

*Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN
Art Department Connection

In an effort to involve their students in a service-learning project, the art instructors developedtwo opportunities to make connections to the community – Valentines for donors at a local Red Cross Blood Drive and bookmarks for the public library children’s department.

Contact: Cathy Cooper, Ellis CHARACTER COUNTS! team leader:

*Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN
Mind Mapping

In this practice, students personally associate themselves to character traits and present their ideasand experiences in a spatial manner with color and pictures to build visual connections and insight into their character.

Contact: Cathy Cooper, Ellis CHARACTER COUNTS! team leader:

Ellis Middle School, Austin, MN
Young Citizens of the Month

Those that receive this prestigious monthly award feel pride and respect. At the end of the year, the most deserving of the monthly winners are honored as Young Citizens of the Year. Ellis brings a community connection to its character awards through a unique partnership with a local business owner. Students may redeem an award certificate at the business and their name is announced over the business loud speaker as a citizen of the month. The businessperson also hosts a luncheon for winners where character in the workplace is discussed. What a truly unique way to show the importance of character!

Contact: Cathy Cooper, Ellis CHARACTER COUNTS! team leader:

*Orono Middle School, Orono, MN
Pledge for Change

The goal of the Orono character education initiative is to “help each child develop core ethical values that lead to good character.” In conjunction with this goal, the Orono Middle School was the first building in the Orono district to incorporate the “Pledge for Change” reflective activity in its advisory program. Advisors worked with students in the creation of their own personal pledge for change. Pledges are proudly displayed and reminders of honoring pledges are interspersed throughout the school community.

 Contact: Ms. Kristine Flesher, Director of Special Services:

*Schumann Elementary, Orono, MN
Kids Helping Kids

This project is designed to highlight the importance of giving to and/or serving others. Theprogram goal is to spark a lifelong participation in community service projects. The entire school community makes and donates items to a local children’s hospital each year. Students and the community are both greatly impacted.

Contact – Dr. Connie Fladeland, Principal:

*Blake School, Hopkins, MN
Six Billion Paths to Peace

This is an effort to inspire people to focus on interconnectedness and to reflect upon the individualservice contributions that each of us can make to a more harmonious world. There are six billion people in the world. Anyact of service is an act of peace. The goal of the initiative is to inspire the Blake community to more mindful acts of service.

Contact – Nan Peterson, Director of Service Learning:

Waseca High School, Waseca, MN
Homecoming Service Day

This school had many activities promoting community engagement and service. Bullying prevention programs, speakers supporting character education and a “Homecoming Service Day” where students give back to the community are a few examples of the great things happening at Waseca High School.

: Jeanne Swanson, Principal:

*Denotes a Minnesota Promising Practice that has received national recognition by the Character Education Partnership (CEP).

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