Character education books being distributed in local schools
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 08, 2010 | 2383 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at two local elementary schools will be receiving a book to reinforce the character education they are getting from parents and teachers this year.

First graders at Memorial Park Elementary School and West Jasper Elementary School are getting copies of "My Favorite Book," while "The Way to Go" will be going home with the schools' fourth graders.

Themes include good manners, responsibility, bullies and friendship, family, health and town heroes.

Each volume contains a parent guide explaining the values covered and suggested topics for family discussions.

The books are issued by The Ambassador Company and sponsored by seven local businesses: Byars & Associates, Inc., Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Nick Sanders Jewelers, Scott Crump Toyota, Southern Orthopedics, Langley Pharmacy and Bank of Walker County.

Local schools have been participating in the program since 1992.

Ann Jackson, principal at Memorial Park Elementary School, said her students and teachers look forward to getting the books every year.

"It instills a sense of pride in their school and community so they want to be good students and citizens," Jackson said.

Principal Rita Pilling at West Jasper Elementary School said the books are a good reading supplement.

"It puts a book in their hands that they can carry home to allow family involvement in our reading program," Pilling said.

Pilling added her appreciation for the community involvement that makes the program possible.

"It takes everyone working together for the success of our students," Pilling said.