CHARACTER BUILDING: The banner awarded by the Character Council of Wester New York to the Colden Elementary School for their excellence in character education. Photo submitted by Colden Elementary.
COLDEN—The Colden Elementary school was recently named a winner of the Character Excellence Grant Award for their continued focus on character education. Sponsored by the Character Council of Western New York and Harvest Time Partners Foundation, the grant awards the school with $1,000.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Colden Elementary principal Kathy Townsend said. “We’re making our students more aware of the things around them, how to not be a bully. What better place to start than an elementary school.”
Townsend explained the grant was split, $750 worth of character building materials was given to the school and the remaining $250 can be spent by the school on character education materials. The $750 came in the form of posters, board games and workshop certificates. The student council will decide what to do with the $250 check.
The Character Council of Western New York stated that Colden Elementary was recognized based on the value they choose to place on character development in the school community.
“This choice, to build upon the strong foundation of good character, will undoubtedly lead to many worthwhile successes at Colden Elementary School and set an admirable example for others to follow,” the Council said in a letter sent to the school.
Townsend said the new materials won’t be used until school starts up again in the fall, but she’s excited to get started with the new materials.
The school’s social worker Debra Skok and art teacher Kathryn McCarthy attended a celebration banquet on May 19 where they were awarded the character education materials, a banner and a plaque honoring their recognition.