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Mayor Francis Slay to celebrate St Louis Public School District’s National Schools of Character

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald




Mayor Francis Slay to celebrate

St Louis Public School District’s National Schools of Character

(January 25, 2017) St. Louis, MO… CharacterPlus and Mayor Francis Slay will recognize three National Schools of Character award winners in the St. Louis Public School District. These are the first schools within the SLPS to ever be named National Schools of Character. The award winning schools include Busch Middle School of Character, Nottingham CAJT High School and Woerner Elementary School.

Mayor Slay along with Dr. Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of St. Louis Public School District, will celebrate these award winning schools in a ceremony at City Hall Rotunda (1200 Market Street) on Monday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m.

National Schools of Character are awarded by, and recognizes schools that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. This year, 68 schools and 4 districts from 14 states received this honor. These schools become part of a network of Schools of Character that serve as models and mentors to other educators and hold their designation for 5 years.

All three of the SLPS National Schools of Character went through a rigorous application process where information and data was provided to support full implementation of the 11 Principles of Character Education in their schools. Based on their application and site visits, these schools became State Schools of Character. The process then moves to the national level. There is a further review of the application and another site visit from national evaluators. Based on their scores at this level, these schools received the designation of National Schools of Character.

The Saint Louis Public Schools are members of CharacterPlus®, a resource of EducationPlus®. CharacterPlus is a nonprofit committed to developing positive character traits in young people by providing a high-quality character education process and resources to schools, homes and communities. Through CharacterPlus, these schools have received development and training in effective character education for school transformation.

Through a State Farm Good Neighbor grant, Busch Middle School of Character implemented the evidenced-based CharacterPlus Way program and a Character Education Principal’s Cadre was formed, which is opened to all SLPS principals to learn and share effective character education practices.

For additional information about this event or each school’s journey to National Schools of Character designation, contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or