Character Education News & Updates: November 2018

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November 2018     

Character Education

K-12 Standards Curriculum and Instruction 


Character Matters

Character, Leadership & Service 

How is your school demonstrating Character, Leadership, and Service?


How are your students showing character, leadership and service.  Send photos, videos, articles, websites, etc. to with a brief explanation of an activity or project that exemplifies good character. Selected exemplars will be placed on the Character Matters website. To receive the Character Education Update please sign up here. Character Matters is now on Facebook.  To like and follow our page click here



  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Spreads Kindness 

  • Ridgewood Elementary Student Shows Perseverance 
  • Bully and Drug Prevention Month 


  • Apply to Become a State or National School of Character 
  • Webinar: Application Writing Tips For Applying to Become a School of Character  
  • Grant Opportunities 


  • Celebrate Veterans With Service-Learning
  • Every Vote Matters: A Lesson Plan Guide 
  • Upcoming Dates 
  • Stay Connected with Character Matters




Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Spreads Kindness 


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District is spreading kindness and character.  Check out some of these stories below of ways that students throughout the district have demonstrated how Character Matters!


They celebrated via letters of kindness at some schools and created Kindness Chains at others. 


They worked with the community group Compassionate Winston-Salem to help get Compassion Corners at many schools. 


They had students take pledges to stop bullying and write “obituaries” for “bullying”.  


They encouraged students to write about bullying and “sock out cyberbullying.”


Ridgewood Elementary Student Shows Perseverance

Scarlett Salter is a student at Ridgewood Elementary in Winterville NC.  While she regularly shows the character traits of kindness and responsibility, it is perseverance that she has displayed this year to bring joy and happiness to her fellow classmates and teachers.

She began asking her principal, Mrs Leslie Hayes around the second week of school if Ridgewood could have a “Bring Your Pet To School Day.”


Scarlett asked over and over again, week after week.  Although Scarlett may have faced disappointments and setbacks in her request she finally persevered and convinced her principal and her teacher why this was an important cause.


She was able to get her dog, Lyla, and three other dogs to visit the school.  She is helping to make Ridgewood a place for all kids to learn, feel loved, valued, and encourage to speak for things that are important to them.  


Bully and Drug Prevention Month 


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

held the first ever “Bully and Drug Prevention Month.” They created a website, themes for every week, weekly contests, and suggested materials for schools to use. 


They also teamed up with WFMY NEWS2, to create a community-wide campaign called  2 Stop Bullying.   With their Psychological Services and Safe & Drug-Free Schools Team, they created a curriculum that WFMY, in turn, used to create a 25-minute assembly that was taken to the elementary schools that won the weekly contests.   In turn, WFMY produced stories on the schools, their efforts etc. but also helped them in the promotion of resources, community partners and other things available to parents who have questions, need help, etc.

Check out their stories on WFMY.


Griffith Elementary    

RJ Reynolds 




Apply to Be a "School of Character"  


We are very excited to announce that the School of Character application is now open

Learn all that you need to know about the application process on our website. And don't forget to take a look at the application timeline so you can make sure you're on track!

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Webinar: Application Writing Tips for Schools Interested in Applying to Become a School of Character  


Is your school or district committed to character development? The Schools of Character Program is a school improvement process that offers the opportunity for self-assessment and expert feedback to schools and districts engaged in character education.


Join NCDPI for a webinar to learn how to apply to become a State and National School of Character for 2019 and gain support to assist your school or district in the application process. 


Date: November 07, 2018  

Time: 3:30-4:30 

Registration Link


For More Information Contact: 919-807-3835.

Grant Opportunities 

  • Learning To Give Grants: Starting in September 2018, mini-grant applications will be reviewed on the 22nd of each month and awarded throughout the 2018-19 school year until March 22, 2019. Start with a Learning to Give lesson and inspire student action to address a community need. The Learning to Give mini-grants range from $250 to $500 with a simple, yet competitive application process and priority given to those who use social media to share their plans, discuss ideas, and reflect! #LTGMiniGrant #Teach1 Apply Now 
  • The Youth Garden Grant supports school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. 5 programs will receive awards valued at $2100 and 20 programs will receive award valued at $500. Deadline is December 17, 2018 . Apply Now
  • The Tapestry Collection Spark the Arts program is offering $500 or $1,000 to youth-led projects using the arts to address important community needs. Apply Now.
  • Captain Planet Foundation™ invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local and global environmental change-makers. They're currently offering grants of $500 - $2,500. Apply Now.
  • ClassWish helps teachers and schools attract donations for supplies from local businesses, alumni, and other members of the community. Teachers create a wish list of supplies, and ClassWish helps spread the word to parents and other supporters. Requests may be submitted year-round. Apply Now 

Celebrate Veterans Day With Service-Learning 


On June 28, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law, An Act To Establish Veterans’ History Awareness Month In November.  The intent of this law is to enable students to gain a better understanding of the meaning and importance of the contributions of American veterans and, in particular, veterans from North Carolina.


Engage in Service-Learning Experiences For Veterans Day: 


Every Vote Matters: A Lesson Plan Guide 



A Lesson Plan Guide to Every Vote Matters

Use these lesson plans along with Every Vote Matters: The Power of Your Voice, from Student Elections to the Supreme Court to help you integrate civics education into your curriculum.



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