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Harrison Ave. Elementary School named a 2014 National School of Character

May 24, 2014

NSOC-logoThe Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, named Harrison Avenue Elementary School a 2014 National School of Character (NSOC). The NSOC program recognizes Harrison Avenue as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and its climate.

The National Schools of Character program is not a competition—but rather an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. Harrison Avenue School will hold its designation for five years. CEP will showcase Harrison Avenue in an annual publication and on its website. Harrison Avenue has also earned the right to use the NSOC name and logo.

Since its inception, CEP has awarded more than 250 schools with the distinction of a National School of Character. In 2014, along with Harrison Avenue Elementary School, 15 additional elementary schools and three districts were named across the United States.

“Character education and Bulldog Pride is a large part of our student’s daily lives,” said Joe Palmer, Principal at Harrison Avenue. “We are grateful for CEP and its efforts to create a national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful to work with other schools in New York and across the United States in order to enhance student’s lives.”

“I’m very proud of the work Mr. Palmer and the staff at Harrison Avenue have done to develop the school’s character education program,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “Harrison has been a leader and an example for our district and community.”

CEP will honor Harrison Avenue at the 20th National Forum on Character Education, to be held the weekend of October 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Visit to learn more about the National Forum, the NSOC program and the 2014 national finalists.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, created a video to help celebrate this year’s honorees. It can be viewed below.


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