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Carmel Elementary Named a National School of Character

Carmel Elementary School was one of 29 schools commended for their character education efforts.

Dr. Keith Bryant (3rd from left), Kristin Smith (fifth from left) and Dr. Pam Green (2nd from right) are pictured with members of the Character Education Partnership. Credit: CEP
Dr. Keith Bryant (3rd from left), Kristin Smith (fifth from left) and Dr. Pam Green (2nd from right) are pictured with members of the Character Education Partnership. Credit: CEP

A Cherokee County elementary school recently was named a 2013 National School of Character.

Carmel Elementary School was honored with the title by the Character Education Partnership's 20th annual National Forum on Character Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

School Principal Dr. Keith Bryant, Assistant Principal Dr. Pam Green and kindergarten teacher Kristin Smith accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Carmel was one of 29 schools and districts across the country chosen as 2013 National Schools of Character. 

“You hear so much about school problems these days that it’s great to focus on schools that work,” said CEP President & CEO Mark Hyatt. “These schools and districts represent the very best of what comprehensive character education looks like, and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements and tell their stories.” 

Carmel was commended by a review committee for its Service Learning component, responsive classrooms and positive behavior intervention support

The Service Learning curriculum is a school-wide initiative, and includes projects such as making and sending bilingual books to less fortunate children, sending snacks to troops, working to raise money and awareness for the Cherokee County Humane Society and establishing a pen pal relationship with first-grade students Egypt. 

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