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Lawrence Township Public Schools Named State School of Character

Photo L-R: Andrew Zuckerman, assistant superintendent; Alyson Fischer, Intermediate School principal; Amy Amiet; Ross Kasun, superintendent; Michele Bowes, board of ed member

Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in schools, families, sports teams, and the workplace recently designated 81 schools and 7 districts nationwide as State Schools of Character for 2020. Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) is one of the seven districts earning this distinction.

Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Schools and districts announced recently automatically will be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction – National School of Character.

“I’m thrilled and so proud of our district for being named a State School of Character,” shared Superintendent Ross Kasun. “Although our character education initiative is not about winning awards, it’s wonderful to see our dedicated efforts recognized by this prestigious organization, with a goal of benefiting society not only through academics but also by addressing social, emotional, and ethical issues.”

“I am so proud to be part of a school district that values the social, emotional and character growth of each student,” related Amy Amiet, Eldridge Park School principal and leader of application submission. “We truly have an amazing team that works hard to create authentic experiences for our school community to be actively involved in our program.”  

LTPS was first named a New Jersey School of Character in 2014 by the then New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development. The district held that distinction for 5 years. For the reapplication, a team of administrators and staff worked together to address each of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education using our past application from 2014 and current character education practices. The application now moves forward for consideration of being named a National District of Character. Character.org’s selections for this distinction will be announced in May.

LTPS was a National District of Character from 2014-2019.

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