MONCKS CORNER, S.C.(WCIV)-- For one local school, being recognized at the state level for promoting character in their students has been the status quo since 2009 but now they have a national title to add to their list of accomplishments.
Berkeley Elementary has been named a "National School of Character" from The Character Education Partnership. Only 25 schools and one school district in the nation earned the honor for 2012.
"These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals," said NSOC Director Lara Maupin. "Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are on the same page about what's important and, as a result, children thrive."
Each year, the CEP puts schools and districts through an evaluation process to find out which ones focus on character development and has had an impact on academics, behavior and morale.
"We want our children to be able to work together in groups that reflect the diversity that exists in society today," said Principal Tracy Gaskins. "Berkeley Elementary School realizes that a child that cares for all humanity will reach his or her full potential. Learning is more than reading and math. It is about educating the whole child."
This is the first year that the school is being recognized as a National School of Character.
Winning schools will be honored at the 2012 National Schools of Character National Forum on Character Education in Washington, DC.