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DMES named School of Character finalist

Posted: April 19, 2013 4:53 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2013 5:00 a.m.


Doby’s Mill Elementary School is one of 35 schools across the United States to be named a 2013 national School of Character finalist.  

According to the Character Education Partnership, the finalists were selected from an applicant pool of 131 schools and districts based on the quality of their written applications.  

“Since opening in 2002, character education has been the integral component of our curriculum,” Doby’s Mill Elementary School Principal Ginger Catoe said. “Providing values-based instruction for our students is no different than providing academic instruction in reading, math, science, social studies or the arts. Character education is the cornerstone to the total educational process as it enhances our school culture.”

The school’s 20 “Beaming Beacons of Good Character Traits” and monthly behavior focus are taught in lesson plans and included on the morning news show, newsletters and school website.  They are posted throughout the school including on ceiling tiles, in the cafeteria and on school buses.

 Doby’s Mill Elementary students write letters to military personnel; make Christmas wreaths and sing to nursing home residents; provide Christmas gifts for needy families; participate in food drives; collect pet supplies for the local animal shelter; collect stuffed animals for fire victims; fold paper cranes for Tsunami victims in support of the American Red Cross; donate funds to Jump Rope for Heart; and support Relay for Life efforts.  

 In 2011, the school was named an SC School of Character and was honored by the Palmetto Character Council at a reception last month.  

In a few weeks, the school will receive a site visit as part of the national program to evaluate the impact of the school’s character-related efforts on academic, student behavior and school culture.  After all 35 schools receive site visits, the 2013 National Schools of Character will be announced in May.   


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