Petway Elementary School named National School of Character

Vineland Public Schools is proud to announce that on May 10, 2019, Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character education and social-emotional well-being, named Pauline J. Petway Elementary School a National School of Character. Petway is one of 88 schools across the nation designated as 2019 National School of Character. This is the second time Petway School has received this high national distinction. Petway’s character education program is fundamental to all aspects of Petway school. The program operates with a distinct set of core values known as the “Pathway to Patriot Pride.” The Pathway focuses on 10 character traits to improve students’ social-emotional and academic competencies. The Pathway is a way of thinking and acting that allows individuals to feel accepted, valued, and safe. The philosophy of Petway is to help students learn how to be their best selves and to do their best work while making school a place where they feel comfortable and able to succeed. Pathway activities vary from school-wide PRIDE days and mentoring programs to service learning activities and community outreach. 
In addition, Petway Elementary School has also been awarded two 2019 Promising Practice Awards by Character.org. Petway's Parent Partnership and Petway's CHAMPP program were selected based on their successful implementation of the 11 Principles of Character in a unique and replicable way. 
Petway's Parent Partnership was an outreach program that provided educational, social, and emotional support while developing meaningful connections with students and their families. During the 2017-2018 school year, Petway staff provided parent workshops, student tutoring and engaging family activities at Walnut Manor Apartments. Petway school also provided participants with dinner, allowing staff and parents an opportunity to build relationships and simply enjoy each other's company.
Petway's CHAMPP Program (Cunningham Helping and Mentoring Petway Patriots) is an innovative cross-age mentoring program that partners students from Cunningham Academy with Petway Patriots. The program aims to increase engagement, connections and academics of the mentors and the mentees. Sessions are divided into three components, tutoring, STEAM activity, and social/emotional development. Cunningham Academy students plan, prepare and lead the STEAM activity with their Petway mentees. This program provides benefits to both the mentors and the mentees. The time spent together allows for students to build positive, enriching relationships while receiving academic reinforcement.
Character.org will honor Petway Elementary school along with other recipients at the 2019 National Forum on October 24-27, 2019 in Washington DC. Petway’s Principal, Jennifer Frederico, Assistant Principal, Jaclyn Mongelluzzo, and Social Worker, Leslie Smith, will be presenting at both the State and National Character Conferences this year. They were invited to present on the topics of Strengthening Character through a Trauma-Informed Lens and Creating a Gender Inclusive School Environment.