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Jonas Salk Middle School Named 2017 National School of Character

Jonas Salk Middle School received national recognition this week by Character.org. The grades 6-8 school was named a 2017 National School of Character. 

Character.org, a non-profit group that supports the advancement of character development in schools, communities, and workplaces across the US and globally, will honor the school at its 24th National Forum on Character Education set for the weekend of Oct. 20-21 in Arlington, Va.

Two years ago, Old Bridge Township Public Schools was named one of three National Districts of Character in the United States by Character.org (formerly The Character Education Partnership), who selects schools and districts that demonstrate that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Selected schools are then expected to serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results. 

Schools and districts selected in January as State Schools of Character, along with those schools who reapplied in their three-year designation, were forwarded to Character.org for consideration for national recognition as National Schools of Character.

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, Jonas Salk Middle School was among the 83 schools and four districts from 21 states named 2017 National Schools and Districts of Character. 

Selection is based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

"At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many students, their families and their communities across the United States and beyond," said Doug Karr, Character.org’s president and CEO. "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do because it creates fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth where students and those in their lives thrive as ethical members of our society. The students of National Schools of Character are developing a life-long skill set that they will leverage well into their adult lives.”

Principal William Rezes said he was very excited for the staff and students after learning that Jonas Salk Middle School was the recipient of a national honor. 

“This national recognition of our school is an affirmation of the impact that they have on our school community and the value this district places on Character Education,” said Rezes.