The Mantua Township School District announced today that they’ve been named a 2018 National District of Character, the highest honor by Character.org. This organization is known for giving voice to the character movement by providing leadership and advocacy to optimize success which leads to stronger communities.
Character.org certifies schools and districts at the national level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.
“We are proud of our program which balances the pursuit of achievements with the importance of positive relationships, while influencing students to confidently impact others and become the best version of themselves. This national honor is a testament to the entire Mantua Township community and one that we will seek to build on while providing an education focused on the most important part of our mission,” said Robert Fisicaro, Superintendent of the Mantua Township School District.
The Mantua Township School District utilizes a pre-K to Grade 6 character education program known as CRS (Character, Relationships, Significance). Two 30-minute periods per week are dedicated to integrating the program into the school day. CRS places a proactive emphasis on teaching students virtues and principles to positively impact others. The program balances an emphasis on performance character traits like grit and curiosity with moral virtues like honesty and integrity. It is believed that character education can have a positive impact on student achievement.
About Mantua Township School District:
Located in the heart of Gloucester County, the Mantua Township School District is a pre-K to Grade 6 district serving more than 1,200 students. In partnership with families and the community, the Mantua Township School District is an educational institution that seeks to deliver on the highest standards of excellence for the benefit of all students.
In the above provided photo, Sewell School students Addison Mutcherson (left) and Lila Green (right) hold a Choose Love heart in honor of Jesse Lewis from Sandy Hook Elementary School as part of a recent celebration.