Students from Theunis Dey Elementary School recently received the Promising Practices Award from the Character Education Partnership (CEP) for their Celebrating Our Planet program.
Students on the school’s Go Green Team formed a committee to increase awareness of the environment to their peers.
The committee, with the help of teachers, created a community garden and an outdoor classroom to be used by all classes at the school.
The students also held a Party for the Planet. They provided information to parents and their peers on a variety of environmental subjects.
The CEP is non-profit coalition of organizations and individuals whose goal is to benefit society through reform in schools by addressing a wide variety of issues that affect education, including academics and ethical issues.
CEP selected the committee’s programs to serve as a model for other school’s to replicate and integrate into their education initiatives.
The program was featured in the CEP’s annual National Schools of Character publication. Its also showcased in CEP’s online database of winning practices.