In celebration of Character Recognition Day on May 8, Synergy & Leadership Exchange presented awards for positive character development to 17 schools and four community programs at the Character Recognition Awards Ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Maple Grove Senior High received two Promising Practice awards and was recognized as an honorable mention, 2014 Minnesota School of Character.
The Promising Practices Awards recognized two school programs at Maple Grove Senior High:
- Action for Reaction: A student-led practice that promotes positive mental and chemical health awareness and choices in collaboration with North Memorial Hospital.
- Link Crew: A yearlong transition program designed to welcome all sophomores into the school community, build connections and leadership, and ensure students have a positive transition into senior high.
The Minnesota Promising Practices awards recognize schools that have developed and implemented a practice promoting character development in their schools. These practices must be specific, unique and encompass at least one of the 11 principles. The practices are shared on the Synergy website where other schools can learn about and implement them in their own school.
The seventh annual Minnesota Schools of Character awards recognize schools and/or districts that excel in exemplifying the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education and demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives yielding positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was emcee for the event and Dr. Kent Pekel, president and CEO of the Search Institute, delivered the keynote.
-Published May 12, 2014