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Area schools recognized for implementing program

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- Kansas schools and school districts were honored Thursday for their support of character education as part of the Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program. The schools are recognized through a variety of programs sponsored by the Character Education Partnership, a national organization promoting character education programs in schools.

Schools and districts achieved recognition through the program by demonstrating various principles of character and through the successful implementation of effective programs in schools.

Ten Kansas schools and one Kansas school district were presented promising practice in character education awards.

Eighteen additional schools were recognized with an evidence-based practice award for their implementation of Steps To Respect by the Committee for Children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Health Promotion also was recognized for supporting the Steps to Respect program in a number of Kansas schools.

Hoxie Community Schools, Hoxie USD 412; Lakeside Elementary and Middle School, Cawker City USD 272; and Trego Grade School, Wakeeney USD 208 were among the schools recognized.