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Release Date: 2/2/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Glyndon Elementary is the only school in Maryland to be named a 2018 State School of Character

TOWSON, MD - Glyndon Elementary School is the only school in Maryland to be designated by Character.org as a State School of Character for 2018.

Glyndon is one of 64 schools and five districts in 17 states named to receive this honor. (Two international schools also applied for and will receive School of Character certification.)

"At Glyndon Elementary, to meet the needs of our students, we have chosen for several years to focus on restorative practices and positive behavior," said Tracy Robinson, principal of Glyndon Elementary. "This includes strengthening relationships among students and staff and increasing our use of virtuous language. In recent years, especially, we have worked to empower students to take the lead in these efforts. We strive for our students to decipher, without direction from an adult, how to intrinsically demonstrate teamwork and gifts of character. Isn't that what we are preparing them for when they become adults?"

Robinson added, "Student achievement is demonstrated because our students can be more focused, more positive, and work more collaboratively. I want to give special thanks to our school counselor, Ashley Hofferbert, our special educator, Robyn Wolf, consultant Dara Feldman and of course, our entire Glyndon Community for providing so much support in our character education efforts."

Schools and districts are named State Schools of Character because they demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.

Glyndon and the other schools and districts receiving state honors will be considered to become National Schools of Character. There also are 11 schools and one district - including Baltimore County's own Warren Elementary School - that are former State Schools of Character reapplying for the national certification and 23 schools recertifying as a National Schools of Character.

"We are truly proud of the 2018 state schools and districts," said Doug Karr, Character.org's president and CEO. "It has been an honor to validate their character initiatives which have created conditions for life-long learning where students are thriving and growing into ethical and productive members of our society."

The 2018 National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2018. Character.org will honor these schools and districts at the 25th National Forum on Character to be held Oct 4-7, 2018, in Washington, DC.

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