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Old Bridge Elementary Program Earns 2016 Promising Practice Awards by

A program implemented at Memorial Elementary School was one of three Old Bridge education programs, which demonstrated effective strategies that develop good character in youngsters.  It received a Promising Practice award by for 2016.

Memorial Elementary School will be honored on October 14, 2016  and October 15, 2016 at the National Forum on Character Education in Washington, DC.

The Promising Practices program highlights what is going well in classrooms. Each practice must be tied to one or more of’s 11 Principles of Character Education., is a national, nonprofit group based in Washington, DC that works with schools and districts to educate, inspire, and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. The organization is led by educators who are dedicated to teaching youth how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. awarded 327 Promising Practices to schools, districts, and youth-serving groups from the US, Canada, China, Colombia, and Mexico this year. sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that demonstrate impacts across the nation and abroad. encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate these initiatives.

“These great ideas highlight the creative efforts of amazing teachers all across America – and the world,” said Dave Keller, program director at “It’s great to recognize what’s going well in the classroom. These practices represent practical, effective ways to develop empathy, enhance conflict resolution skills, and inspire good citizenship.”

Memorial School was awarded the 2016 Promising Practice for its “Husky Pawing Pillow”. The student body came up with the idea to create and craft a project that would help alleviate common stressors that students experience at school.

The Husky Pawing Pillow was designed and created by students with the help of senior citizens to assist the students with calming techniques through the use of different textures and a manipulative.

The Husky Pawing Pillow was first introduced to the second and third grade, self-contained special education classroom and expanded to other schools in the district. Teachers discreetly cued students to move to the station or provide the pillow to the student in their own area. By utilizing the pillow, students worked toward calming and regulation of stressors and challenges.

“We’re very pleased to be among this nationally recognized group of schools and look forward to continuing to make education a priority at Memorial Elementary School,” said Memorial School Principal Raymond Payton.