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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JUNE 28, 2007


The inaugural winners of the North Carolina Schools of Character Awards were honored Wednesday in a ceremony at the NC Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee awarded plaques to representatives of top winner D.F. Walker Elementary (Edenton-Chowan) and runners-up Devonshire Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg) and South Newton Elementary (Newton-Conover).

Chairman Lee made a few remarks to guests from several different North Carolina schools with character education programs, recalling the lessons his grandfather taught him as a child.

"We know that the things we do and say around children will have a lasting impact on their lives," he said.

Modeled after the nine-year-old National Schools of Character (NSOC) Awards, the State Schools of Character (SSOC) Awards recognize schools with exemplary character education programs at the state level.

NCDPI established a pilot program of the Awards in North Carolina last year with a $6,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

In December 13 schools submitted portfolios to NCDPI to be considered for the Awards:

  • B.H. Tharrington Primary (Mount Airy Schools)
  • Cornatzer Elementary (Davie County)
  • Devonshire Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg)
  • D.F. Walker Elementary Edenton-Chowan)
  • East Robeson Primary (Robeson County)
  • Green Valley Elementary (Watauga County)
  • Pine Valley Elementary (New Hanover County)
  • Richlands Primary (Onslow County)
  • Rosenwald Elementary (Robeson County)
  • South Newton Elementary (Newton-Conver Schools)
  • Union Academy Charter (Monroe/Union County)
  • Williams Township School (Columbus County)
  • Winter Park Elementary (New Hanover County)

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.