Pocomoke High Named MD State School of Character

Pocomoke High Named MD State School of Character
Posted on 02/11/2019
January 30, 2019 – Newark, MD – Worcester County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character named Pocomoke High School a 2019 Maryland School of Character. The program recognized Pocomoke High School as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior and Pocomoke High School’s climate.

The Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through Character.org’s 11 Principles of Character framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation.

Since its inception, Character.org has recognized more than 565 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.

“Our staff is committed to building character and the soft skills necessary for student success,” said Pocomoke High School Principal Jenifer Rayne. “We are so proud of the demonstration of these skills by our kids each day. They are world changers.

“We are grateful for Character.org for their efforts to create a state and national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in Maryland to participate in this program in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.”

About Character.org: Founded in 1993, Character.org is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools, families, workplaces and other communities to inspire, educate and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. Character.org is comprised of character leaders dedicated to individual growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in all schools and communities. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.