Discovery Ridge Elementary in the Wentzville School District has received the 2017 Character.org Promising Practice in Character Education Award for both its Random Acts of Kindness Challenge and the school’s annual Discovery Days week.
Character.org sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are having a positive impact on students and communities across the nation and abroad.
The DRE Random Acts of Kindness Challenge was created in response to school-wide data and staff observation of a need for an increase in peer problem-solving.
During the month of May, students take a “class promise” to spread Random Acts of Kindness throughout the school community. They discuss what kindness looks like, sounds like, and feels like and explore how increasing kindness creates a caring community and sense of belonging. Discovery Days is an aviation-themed STEM week the school developed when they opened in 2010 where the school partners with local businesses and organizations to provide meaningful learning experiences for students each year.
“The Promising Practice award recognizes schools that implement unique and effective character strategies which in turn promote a positive school environment. This year, we were honored to receive two recognitions for our Discovery Days week and Random Acts of Kindness practice,” said DRE Principal Laura Bates. “I am so grateful to our students, staff and school community for our commitment to creating a caring learning environment.”
Three hundred Promising Practices at schools, districts and youth organizations across the U.S., as well as China and Mexico, were recognized with this year’s awards.
“We are extremely proud of this year’s Promising Practices recipients,” said Character.org President & CEO Doug Karr. “The educators who have developed these Promising Practices are helping their students develop lifelong skillsets that they will leverage well into their adult lives.”
For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit www.character.org.