Independence Elementary Named National School of Character

Posted on 05/22/2018
Independence Elementary Named National School of Character

The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that – for the second time in five years – Independence Elementary has been selected as a National School of Character by Only 73 schools and five districts from across the country received the 2018 National Schools and Districts of Character designation. The mission of is to provide leadership and advocacy for character worldwide. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping people everywhere become educated, inspired, and empowered to be ethical and compassionate citizens.

“Five years after first being named a National School of Character in 2013, this celebration reaffirms our belief in the work that we do with students, staff, and families,” said Independence Principal Emily Pavia. “It is all about building strong relationships with all members of our community. I feel truly blessed to be a member of the Independence community and have the opportunity to learn and grow with students, staff, and parents.”

Each year, and its state affiliates certify schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development with a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate, and their communities. evaluates schools selected as State Schools of Character for national certification as National Schools of Character. Criteria for selection are based on’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, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character. Their dedication to character development is reducing the skills gap by equipping the future workforce with transferable relationship skills needed to meet tomorrow's challenges," said Doug Karr, President and CEO of "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do because they create fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth in communities of character.” will honor the designated schools and districts at its 25th National Forum on Character to be held Oct. 4-7, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Visit to learn more about the National Forum, the Schools of Character Certification (State and National), and the 2018 national honorees.

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