Independence Named Champions for Character Winner

Posted on 05/04/2018
Independence Named Champions for Character Winner

Independence Elementary has been honored as the winner of the 2018 Champions for Character Service Recognition Award. The award was developed through a partnership between CharacterPlus and The Cardinals Care Program. Independence was honored for their excellence in service learning, combining community service with learning objectives, the only school selected to receive this award this year.

“The school is a model for high-quality service learning,” said Tami Bopp, Senior Consultant for CharacterPlus. “Their projects are student-led, and have support from staff, parents, and community partners.” Service projects this year included raising money to send a veteran on an Honor Flight, collecting books to distribute to local school districts in needs, and working with the Shoeman Water Project to help provide clean water to a global community.

Fredbird made an appearance at the school to announce the award. In a small assembly, principals, student leaders, and parents were presented with a banner representing the services they have provided to their community. The Cottleville Fire Department, St. Charles County Police Department, and a representative from a local Elk’s Lodge all showed up to support the school. 

The Cardinals will be honoring Independence Elementary on the field during the May 7, 2018, pre-game show. Several students and staff members have been invited onto the field with Fredbird. The Cardinals donated tickets for the game that went to students, staff, parents, and community partners who have supported the various projects.

“I think it shows the level of character that we have at our school and within our whole community; even outside of our community,” said Independence Assistant Principal Jana Schultz. Multiple service learning projects have been incorporated into the curriculum at Independence over the last few years, and staff members have attended various professional development sessions on the topic.

The entire teaching staff strives to show students that they aren’t just doing another drive or collection, but have a lasting impact on others in the community, while also tying it back to the curriculum. “I hope our students learn how much they can impact others in our community and the world, that even someone in kindergarten or fifth grade can make such a big difference,” said counselor Shannon Adam.

The dedication of students, staff, parents, and the community at Independence Elementary have made it possible for them to receive the Champions for Character Service Recognition Award.. As the school year comes to a close, these students will be able to enjoy their summer knowing they participated in something that will leave a lasting mark for years to come.

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