Orrs Elementary was chosen from 166 applicants throughout the United States, as the finalists were picked based on their outstanding work in encouraging the ethical, social and academic growth of their students through effective character education.
“These schools are doing remarkable things to improve school climate and develop young people of good character,” said CEP Executive Director Joe Mazzola in the release. “They demonstrate that character education is an effective way to build safe, welcoming schools where students and teachers flourish.”
Next, the CEP will be conducting site visits to all finalists through the end of April, though it was not immediately known when officials will visit Orrs Elementary. A panel will then select approximately 10 winners in May.
If chosen as one of the winners, Orrs Elementary will be honored at the 17th National Forum on Character Education, which will be held Oct. 28 to Oct. 30 in San Francisco.