Baldwin has done it again. For the second year in a row, an elementary school has been named a state school of character — this time, its Meadow Elementary School. Last year, Plaza Elementary School was named a school of character by the Character Education Partnership, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
“We are very proud of Meadow Elementary School for being recognized as a New York State School of Character,” said Shari Camhi, Baldwin school district’s superintendent. “This highly competitive award speaks to the level of dedication the students and staff of Meadow are to being kind, empathetic, and caring individuals. As a district, we value the whole child and this distinction recognizes our commitment to this principle.”
The award is a prestigious one — only 87 schools and three school districts in 18 states were named school of characters this year. Meadow was chosen for its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics and student behavior. According to the Baldwin school district, Meadow Elementary School staff work year-round to build character and encourage respect and kindness in all 600 students.
After earning the state honor last year, Plaza was named a national school of character. “The fact that this is the second year in a row for one of our elementary schools to receive this award is incredible and further demonstrates what an amazing district Baldwin truly is,” Camhi said. “Congratulations, Meadow administration, staff, students, and parents.”
“We are extremely honored to receive to this distinction,” said Echele May, principal of Meadow Elementary School. “Incorporating character education into our student and staff’s daily routines has become a significant aspiration of ours at Meadow. We are proud to be recognized as a New York State School of Character, and we aim to continue our efforts on promoting good character within our schools and community.”