Character.org recently awarded Millard Hawk Primary School with a 2016 Promising Practice National Award for their “Knots of Love” project that took place earlier this year.
The Promising Practices program distinguishes wonderful and unique character practice going on in classrooms across America and the world.
Millard Hawk Primary School’s “Knots of Love” project was recognized as such.
The project involved students, staff and community members coming together and making 225 blankets that were donated to those in need during the winter season.
“These great ideas really highlight the creative efforts of amazing teachers all across America — and the world,” said Dr. Dave Keller, Promising Practice Program Director. “It’s great to recognize what’s going well in the classroom. These practices represent practical, effective ways to develop empathy, enhance conflict resolution skills, and inspire good citizenship.”
The fleece to make the blankets was donated by parents, teachers and community members.
The blankets were donated to the Rescue Mission, the Central Square Downstairs Scotty and military personnel from Hancock Airport.
Representatives from these organizations came to one of the school’s monthly character education ceremonies to recognize the children’s hard work and compassion.
Lorraine Malecki, Principal of Millard Hawk Primary School, said the experience created an opportunity for the students to learn about how they can make a difference in their community. She expressed her pride in her students as well as the Central Square community.
Founded in 1993, Character.org, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to educate, inspire and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens.
It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to teaching youth how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools.
The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and school violence, and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit www.character.org to learn more.