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Mennies Elementary School named NJ School of Character

Congratulations to Dr. William Mennies School for being named a State School of Character for 2021 by character.org. Mennies School has been recognized for a strong commitment to creating a culture of character within the school community. In addition, Music Teacher Chris Hannah, along with his therapy dog Cole, also received a Promising Practices Award from character.org for promoting acceptance and celebrating our differences. 

Dr. Mennies School was commended for all of their hard work in maintaining and growing their character education initiative. Three core character traits of respect, responsibility, and caring, are infused into daily instruction. Even while learning remotely, students are given opportunities to practice and reflect on these core values daily. The following practices were highlighted by Character.org: use of Closing Circle meetings, The Giving Tree service project, Chalk the Walk, Mennies’ Student Leadership Committee, and the Character Badge program. 

Since its inception, Character.org’s Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly 3 million students, staff, parents,  and other community members. Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that  demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic  achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Schools and districts announced today will be considered  for Character.org’s highest distinction - National School of Character.