Students, council team up to promote character
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 27, 2014 | 1274 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Students at Cordova Elementary School took their popular character education program into the streets last week.

A row of signs advertising traits such as respect, honesty and responsibility now line Massachusetts Avenue, a main thouroughfare into the downtown area.

CES counselor Sandra Courington said the plan is to leave the signs up through graduation and put them out again when school starts in August.

Eventually, she hopes the school can raise enough funds to replace the signs with banners.

The character education program at CES is called “Champions of Character.”

It is based on a statewide program called “Character @ Heart,” which includes a list of 25 traits that educators incorporate into their lesson plans.

“We have been talking about how we want character to be something that is done outside of school to help your community,” Courington said.

Some of the ideas that students have been discussing with Courington include starting a recycling program and reaching out to the city’s many senior citizens.

Mayor Drew Gilbert and Councilwoman Lauren Vance helped the group of fourth graders set up the signs Friday morning.

The City Council voted in October to become a city of character.

The resolution encouraged local leaders to “educate and promote character development ... for the purpose of creating and preserving a community that is known for valuing the worth and contribution of each person to the effective operation of a family, system or organization.”