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FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2006

Chestnut Grove honored for character

By Bayne Hughes
DAILY Education Writer 340-2432

A national group is recognizing Chestnut Grove Elementary for its character education.

The Character Education Partnership selected Chestnut Grove as a "National Schools of Character Promising Practices" award recipient.

The partnership selected the Decatur school due to its character education practice called "Chestnut Grove Essentials." The school becomes a model for others to possibly replicate and integrate into their character initiatives.

Chestnut Grove Principal Lauretta Teague said she based this practice on Ron Clark's book "55 Essentials." She got permission from the author to use his book as a basis for this practice.

Teague said Chestnut Grove Essentials spells out the character traits, like honesty, perseverance, tolerance, patience and compassion, that she expects the students to show while in school.

"We incorporate these into our instruction every day," Teague said. "I also give the students some words of wisdom every morning."

The honor includes a certificate awarded at the CEP National Forum Oct. 25-28 in Arlington, Va. Chestnut Grove's character education practice will also be in the compact disc section of the "2006 National Schools of Character" book.

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