Founders Society Donor Richard McCready Honored by EW Foundation

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PALM BEACH, FL, USA, February 22, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The EW Foundation recently honored Richard McCready during a dinner at Renato’s in Palm Beach for his generous donation of $10,000 pledged during the foundation’s signature fundraising event, Books, Bellinis, & Bel Canto, held at Club Colette on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Richard’s gift offers children, in many cases living below poverty level, an opportunity to have something not found in the home…a book to call their own.”

— Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation

Mr. McCready attended the musical brunch and expressed that his mother had been a former teacher and vice principal and he wished to honor her with a legacy gift to the EW Foundation to benefit underprivileged children.

Mr. McCready’s donation includes underwriting of four hundred eighty books (480) and an author visit for an entire Title I elementary school in Palm Beach County.

“Richard’s gift offers children, in many cases living below poverty level, an opportunity to have something not found in the home…a book to call their own. A book that not only engages the mind but also provides lessons on core values and social skills–skills that can greatly enhance an academic education,” commented Loretta Neff.

Hosting the dinner were Gail Worth, honorary event chair, and Loretta Neff, founder and executive director. Mr. McCready was presented a signature crystal book award as a gesture of appreciation for his generosity.

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For more information, visit www.ewfcares.net or call (561) 833-0131.

EW Foundation’s Musical Brunch Hits a High Note and Raises Over $50,000 for Underprivileged Children

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Cupid Strikes at Club Colette—Education Supporters Show Love for Children

With emphasis on good character and core values, donors understand the value of our books and fully embraced the opportunity to provide them for children in underserved areas of our community.”

— Children’s Author and Founder Loretta Neff

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, February 8, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — EW Foundation, an educational nonprofit providing award-winning character education books and programs for children and youth, celebrated another year’s success with a sold-out crowd for its signature event and musical brunch, BOOKS, BELLINIS & BEL CANTO, held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Club Colette in Palm Beach, Florida.

Wearing Italian-themed colors in palettes of lavender-purple and mandarin orange, International Honorary Chair Herme de Wyman Miro, Honorary Chair Gail Worth, Co-Chairs Cristina Ciolacu and Loretta Neff hosted the event replete with a Bellini welcome reception.

Title sponsor, Arthur E. Benjamin, continued his commitment for the second year. Additional sponsors were Laurie A. Rumbaugh Family Foundation, Dean and Raymer Maguire, III, Cheryl and Mark Montgomery, TD Wealth, Gail Kleinert, Meaghan and Robert Pick, Gregory D. Albert, MD, BreakThru Beverage Group, Flowers on Worth, La Casa Hermosa of Wellington, Palm Beach Today International Magazine, Provident Jewelry, MindsiCorp, and MontBlanc.

Students of voice, Anne-Marie Campbell and Summer Foley, performed beautiful arias of opera and Broadway and Opera Singer Jenene Caramielo gave a stellar performance of Puccini’s famous aria, “Nessun Dorma.”

Guest Speaker Principal Raymond Payton shared his heartfelt story and provided a compelling message about the value character education can provide to children and families in underserved communities. EWF Ambassador Summer Foley as the White Queen brought the brunch to a close with her story time rendition of “Once More I Can See” from the musical Wonderland.

Donor-guests included Nadine Fite, Suzanne Holmes, Carol Jaeger, Brandy Lowe, Beth Glass, Suzi Goldsmith, Jeri Meltzer, Richard McCready, JoAnna Myers, Patty Myura, Melissa Parker, Diane Sandler, Carolyn Sasso, Rona and Gary Sterling, Kathleen and Paul Sheridan, Sally and Dom Taglialatella, Grace and Richard Tissiere.

Guests received first print copies of Sip Tea with Mad Hatter, which will be available to the general public on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and www.ewbooks.org by February 21st.

Designed to reach the most vulnerable children and provide pathways for their success, the event specifically raised funds for outreach programs and book provision to low-income communities. A unique opportunity for donors to directly underwrite a book, class, grade, or primary school—with the option to facilitate the story time and book signing—replaced a traditional silent auction. Having doubled their metrics year over year, EWF has benefited over 10,000 children since 2014.

EWF’s book programs serve a dual purpose in these schools (where the unfortunate ratio of available books is nearly 1 for every 300 children), first by providing access to books needed to develop a love of reading, and second, by providing tools to develop valuable social skills to create a very powerful combination for a lifetime.

To underwrite our books and champion character education and literacy in your school or organization, please contact us at info@ewfcares.net or 561.833.0131.

Founder Loretta Neff, Int’l Honorary Chair Herme de Wyman Miro, Title Sponsor Arthur E. Benjamin, Honorary Chair Gail Worth, Co-Chair Cristina Ciolacu

Founder and Co-Chair Loretta Neff presenting Founders Society Award to Arthur E. Benjamin

About Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto

Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto is a musical brunch annual fundraiser for the EW Foundation, an educational nonprofit providing award winning character and etiquette education resources for children and youth and fundraising opportunities to charities, missions, and schools.

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EW Foundation Exceeds 2016 Goal to Benefit 10,000 Children with a $10,000 Gift from the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation

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Providing Direct Impact to Enrich the Lives of Children in Low-Income Communities

Arthur Benjamin’s generous gift is just one more example of his leadership and devotion to education and the humanities.”

— founder and executive director, Loretta Neff

PALM BEACH, FL, USA, January 25, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bringing 2016 to a close, Arthur E. Benjamin, of Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and Founder of American Dog Rescue, locked down a title sponsorship for the sold-out 3rd annual musical brunch, Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto fundraiser, to be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Club Colette in Palm Beach, Florida, and helped push EWF across the finish line with a generous donation of $10,000. Already a trusted advisor, Founders Society donor, and major supporter, with this gift, Mr. Benjamin’s total giving to EWF now tops over $20,000 to date.

For the past three decades, Arthur has been passionately involved in philanthropic efforts related to breast cancer, cancer research, education and animal welfare. On a national scale, Arthur works tirelessly on a number of important causes, chief among them, to save abused and abandoned dogs and place them in loving homes. Arthur also serves on the board of the nationally recognized youth development organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and was recently honored for his years of service and financial support.

Mr. Benjamin’s donation includes a community outreach gift of $7,200, which provides educational books for a Title I elementary school. EWF and Mr. Benjamin (along with furry friends, Bandit and Charlie) will present this wonderful gift personally to children of a local school in Palm Beach County later this spring. The gift includes an interactive story time with Loretta Neff, children’s author and EWF founder, and signed books for 480 children.

“Arthur Benjamin’s generous gift is just one more example of his leadership and devotion to education and the humanities”, said founder and executive director, Loretta Neff. “This milestone demonstrates the fact that donors see our passion for what we do and understand the importance of our cause. Arthur was the first to offer support last year as a Founders Society donor and event title sponsor and we owe him a debt of gratitude”, commented Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation.

Since 2014, EWF has benefited over 10,113 children with their award-winning books and programs and provided author visits and signed copies of Author Loretta Neff’s first book, Tame Your Manners, to twenty (20) academies and schools and fourteen (14) charities.

With six (6) Title I schools on the wait list, community outreach donations provide much-needed underwriting for story time author visits with signed copies for every child. Every gift counts, whether $15 per book per child, $450 for 30 books for one class, $1,800 for 120 books for one class grade, or $7,200 for 480 books for one elementary school. Please visit and donate today at http://ewfcares.net/get-involved/donations/

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How Bandit Rescued Arthur – (Video Link)

TIS’ the Season for Giving, EW Foundation Secures $17,500 in Additional Underwriting for Education Outreach Programs

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I am profoundly grateful for these donors. For many children, this gift will be the first book they will ever own.

— Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation

PALM BEACH, FL, USA, December 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — EW Foundation Inc., a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, announced today that it recently secured $17,500 in additional sponsorships for its 3rd annual musical brunch, Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto, to be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Club Colette in Palm Beach, Florida, with all net proceeds supporting EWF’s character education outreach programs to children in low-income communities.

Michael D. Rumbaugh of the Laurie A. Rumbaugh Family Foundation in Columbus, Ohio led the effort as a Legacy Society donor with a $7,500 Bambini sponsorship in honor of his late wife, Laurie, a mother of three and former teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2015. Michael, along with children, Brock, Braelyn and Darby, will present their gift of story time with signed books to a Title I elementary in the Columbus, Ohio area in the spring.

Cheryl and Mark Montgomery of Winter Park, Florida continued the effort with their generous donation of $5,000 to become a Legacy Society donor and Bellini Reception sponsor in recognition of EWF’s achievements. A Title I elementary gift recipient in the greater Orlando area is currently being selected.

Rounding out the season of giving, Orlando residents, Dean and Raymer F. Maguire, III, also provided a Legacy Society donation of $5,000. For more than fifty years, four generations of the Maguire family have been passionately involved in philanthropic efforts related to education. Dean lovingly devotes her time each day to the education of our youth as a teacher for at-risk students in the Orlando public school system. She also serves as an EWF advisory board member.

“I am profoundly grateful for these donors”, commented Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation. “Their support underscores the value of our programs, and helps drive our mission to provide successful outcomes for children with limited resources. For many children, this gift will be the first book they will ever own,” added Ms. Neff.

These extraordinary acts of generosity and support propel EWF toward reaching its goal of impacting over 10,000 children by the end of 2016. With seven (7) Title I schools on the wait list in states of Florida, New Jersey and Ohio, these funds provide much needed underwriting for story time author visits with signed copies for every child.

Since 2014, EWF has benefited over 8,900 children with their award winning character education programs and provided author visits and signed copies of their first book, Tame Your Manners, to nineteen (19) academies and schools and fourteen (14) charities.

Legacy Society donors Michael, Darby, Braelyn and Brock Rumbaugh of Laurie A. Rumbaugh Family Foundation

Legacy Society donors Cheryl and Mark Montgomery

Legacy Society donors Dean and Raymer F. Maguire, III

About Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto

Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto is a musical brunch annual fundraiser for the EW Foundation, an educational nonprofit providing award winning character and etiquette education resources for children and youth and fundraising opportunities to charities, missions, and schools.

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EW Foundation Debuts Angelic Singers and Children’s Tree of Character During 10th Annual Festival of Trees

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Children’s Author Loretta Neff inspires creativity and unveils a whimsical “Tree of Character” in the theme of her latest book, “Sip Tea with Mad Hatter”

“The Norton is a cultural jewel and we’re grateful to Margaret Horgan, Director of Community Engagement, for allowing us to be a small part of their holiday event of the season.

— Loretta Neff, EWF founder and executive director

PALM BEACH, FL, USA, December 21, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — EW Foundation Inc., a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, announced today its participation in the 10th Annual Festivals of Trees held at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida – December 2-14, 2016.

Thanks to loyal benefactors, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens transcends into a winter wonderland every year for children and families. Adorned with themed Christmas trees sponsored by individuals and corporations, guests enjoy an extravaganza of holiday merriment, beginning with a kick-off Gala evening filled with lavish displays of food, wine and entertainment, and ending with a magical Children’s Gala.

Lifted from the pages of Ms. Neff’s adaptation of the book, Alice in Wonderland, EWF designed and decorated a “Tree of Character” for the Children’s Gala, which became a child favorite for holiday “selfies” and group photos.

Donning an eccentric Mad Hatter styled tree topper hat adorned with butterflies, peacock feathers and ribbons, EWF’s “Tree of Character” offered fantastically-oversized sunset-colored mushrooms among lavender moss, a polka dotted afternoon tea setting atop reading books, and iridescent “bubbles of wisdom” ornaments nestled on branches and labeled with core values of “Creativity”, “Respect”, “Honesty”, “Loyalty”, “Knowledge”, and others, which underscore the lessons offered in her latest book, “Sip Tea with Mad Hatter,” due to release next month. http://sipteawithmadhatter.com

For the Gala evening, EWF selected one of its ambassadors, Palm Beach Atlantic University senior vocal student, Anne-Marie Campbell. Miss Campbell studies under PBAU distinguished professor Marilyn Mims and performed heavenly renditions of “The Christmas Song” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Broadway and Opera Singer Jenene Caramielo gave a dazzling performance at the Children’s Gala of Disney’s theme song “Frozen” and instantly melted the hearts of children as they rushed to encircle her on stage. http://www.jenenecaramielo.com

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Anne-Marie Campbell

Jenene Caramielo

About Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens – Festival of the Trees

The Festival of Trees at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is one of the holiday season’s premier events for adults and children. This year’s theme Celebrating Design through the Decades will illuminate the importance of design throughout history and the great context it brings for the culture and temperament of the times. The two acres of ANSG are transformed into a winter wonderland featuring more than 25 professionally decorated trees sponsored by area patrons and businesses. Interior designers, artists, and florists volunteer their services and work together to interpret the annual theme, cleverly dress the trees, and carry the storyline through vignettes staged around each tree. Each evening, visitors enjoy choral, instrumental, dancing and theatrical performances offered by more than 20 local elementary through university school groups. A dazzling light and music show illuminates two of Ann Norton’s monumental sculptures as it reflects into one of several ANSG ponds.

Memorial Elementary Students Go on a Safari

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OLD BRIDGE – Memorial Elementary students got to visit a safari courtesy of an award-winning author from Palm Beach, Florida.

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Lorretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation, presented the kindergarten through fifth grade students with her book, “Tame Your Manners,” on Nov. 17.

sub ob neffThe journey took the students through the different animals of K.A.M.P Safari (Kids’ Animals & Manners Program) to teach them how to be the best selves they can be, according to a statement prepared by the school. Using defined traits of the animals – such as the poise and confidence of giraffes, knowledge and obedience of monkeys, and patience and understanding of rhinos – the children learned qualities of themselves that they possess and can use every day. The 11 animals presented had the children realize manners, which ties in with the school’s use of Pillars of Character, while dancing to music and singing to songs they were familiar with.sub ob staff

Neff donated her time by traveling from her home specifically to speak to the students at Memorial. She became familiar with Memorial after meeting Principal Raymond Payton while receiving an award for Promising Practices in Washington D.C., according to the statement.

Each student received the book “Tame Your Manners,” encouraging reading at home and sharing with their family and friends.

 

 

Memorial Elementary students go on a safari

Promoting Good Character in Children, EW Foundation Collaborates with a National School of Character

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More than 400 students attend interactive story time with author of award winning children’s book.

“Memorial Elementary is a wonderful example of how parents and teachers can work together to enrich the community with character education programs.”

— Loretta Neff

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — West Palm Beach, Florida – The gymnasium at Memorial Elementary School set the stage for more than 400 students and 48 teachers and staff who participated in a safari-themed story time by author Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation (EWF), a Florida-based national nonprofit organization, held on Nov. 17.

The youngsters listened intently as safari guide, Neff, took them on an exciting journey through the jungle to meet wild animal characters and learn character traits, core values, and basic social skills, some of which underscore anti-bullying and special needs themes.

Following story time, Neff held a Q&A session with the children that revealed a high retention rate of important facts from the book. To top off the adventure, the students joined in a sing-along of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and danced to the spirited “Happy” song.

“Memorial Elementary is a wonderful example of how parents and teachers can work together to enrich the community with character education programs. As a Title I school, Memorial Elementary is a powerful testament for schools trying to create a positive school environment for learning,” said Neff. “We wish to thank Principal Raymond Payton for his inspiring leadership and his enthusiastic, dedicated staff of teaching professionals, for the gracious invitation and hospitality, and for the opportunity to meet and interact with their students.”

According to the US Department of Education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ensures Title I schools, both elementary and secondary schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, meet challenging state academic standards.

“We are a youth development organization, and Memorial School is a National School of Character and at the same time I learned it was a Title I school,” said Neff, adding her organization’s goal is to reach 10,000 students across the country by the end of the year. And, she said, the group is on target to meet that goal.

In keeping with EWF’s mission to impact children nationally, especially children from Title I schools, EWF donated more than 400 signed books to Memorial Elementary, which was generously underwritten by EWF Founder’s Society donor, Arthur E. Benjamin, an educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and animal rights advocate (http://www.arthurebenjamin.com/).

Tame Your Manners is an award-winning book offered by EW Foundation and the first in a series of character education picture books for children ages 5-12. The second book, Sip Tea with Mad Hatter, is expected to be released after the holidays, and like the first, is designed as a teaching tool for parents and teachers and a fundraising enhancement for charities, missions and schools.

Since 2014, EWF has supported more than 33 nonprofit groups through donations and/or sponsorships and benefited more than 7,000 children with their award-winning books and programs, which includes 17 academies and schools and 14 charities.

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“EWF donated more than 400 signed books to Memorial Elementary, which was generously underwritten by EWF Founder’s Society donor, Arthur E. Benjamin.”

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“Sing-along to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with Memorial Elementary students”

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“Morning welcome by Memorial Elementary Principal Raymond Payton and Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Hoeker”

About Memorial Elementary

Memorial Elementary is a K-5 public Title I school located in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge, NJ and a 2016 recipient of a Promising Practice award by Character.org for demonstrating effective strategies that develop good character in youngsters. Memorial Elementary has been recognized as a NJ State School of Character, National School of Character, and National PTA School of Excellence.

Palm Beacher the Driving Force Behind Literacy Days at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

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By Gregory Cox
Daily News Staff Writer

Elementary school students learned all about reading Monday but in a very different setting: the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
About 350 students from three Title I schools, or schools with a high percentage of children from low-income families, visited for the eighth annual Literacy Days, going from more than a dozen stations to engage with various authors, illustrators, librarians, law enforcement officials and artists.
“It’s another way to get kids excited about reading,” said resident Cynthia Sulzberger, a trustee with the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and underwriter for the event.
This is her seventh year with the event and reading is her business. Her father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was the publisher of The New York Times before her brother succeeded him. Now, she gives at-risk students a chance to learn with a view. “To be in this environment and spend a day in a garden is a different opportunity for these kids.”

The garden setting wasn’t the only thing different about the event. Many of the speakers used an atypical approach to engage students.

“You have to educate and entertain,” said Abasi Hanif, a hand percussionist who was part of the program. “I try to utilize the drum as art.”

As students rotated between the booths, a group of third graders came in. Hanif told them, “I don’t like to perform for people. I like to perform with people.” He started to bang on the drum, mimicking a heartbeat and asked students to join him and sing along.

On the other side of the gardens, in what was once used as Ann Norton’s studio, Palm Beach resident Loretta Neff read her book, Tame Your Manners to a dozen second-grade students, relating animals to polite behaviour.
“A giraffe stands tall and greets people with poise, posture and confidence,” she told the class. “Who wants to volunteer to be our giraffes?” she asks, and 12 small hands shot up.

She is also the founder of EW Foundation, a non-profit organization to promote strong social skills and proper etiquette, and $10 from every book sale goes toward community outreach programs.
“We want children to have these skills,” she said, adding that she doesn’t really like the word “etiquette.” “I’m really more about character education.”
Nancy Jones, education coordinator for the garden, called Literacy Days “a perfect event to turn struggling students on to literature,” she said. “Hopefully, they’ll get excited and make their own literacy magic.”

EW Foundation has Reached the GuideStar Platinum Level Profile as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

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For Immediate Release

EW FOUNDATION Has Reached the GuideStar Platinum Level Profile as a

Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

PALM BEACH, Florida – EW Foundation announced today that it had achieved the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates EW Foundation’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Loretta Neff, founder and executive director. “As a GuideStar Platinum participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and to GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar logo, EW Foundation had to fill out all required fields of our nonprofit profile page on www.guidestar.org.

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar invites nonprofits to update their profiles at no cost to the organizations. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

 About EW Foundation

The EW Foundation has been de­veloping character and promoting strong social skills since 1994. The EWF is an educational nonprofit providing award-winning character and etiquette educational resources for children and youth and fundraising opportunities for charities, missions and schools. With an emphasis on good character and core values, EWF’s educational books and programs provide pathways for success for all children, especially for those in low-income communities.

News Contact:

EW Foundation

Loretta Neff, Executive Director
205 Worth Avenue, Ste. 201
Palm Beach, FL 33480

(561) 833.0131
info@ewfcares.net

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EW Foundation Awarded Promising Practices in Character Education for 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hundreds of effective strategies that develop good character in young people are recognized May 12, 2016 Washington, DC –Character.org has awarded over 300 Promising Practices to schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations from across the United States — as well as from Canada, China, India, Mexico, Colombia, and the United Kingdom. “These great ideas really highlight the creative efforts of outstanding teachers across the world,” said Dr. Dave Keller, Program Director. “It’s great to recognize what’s going well in the classroom. These practices represent practical, effective ways to develop empathy, conflict resolution skills, and good citizenship.” This year’s winning practices include unique anti-bullying programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership, and activities that build community – within the school and beyond.

Character.org sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. Character.org encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. Character.org will honor the 2016 recipients at the 23rd National Forum on Character Education, to be held in Washington, DC, October 14-15, 2016.

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