Liberty ES Adaptive PE Helpers display their signs to cheer on classmates participating in the CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Day games.
A Cherokee County School District school has earned two national awards in recognition of its character education programs!
Liberty Elementary School has been honored by Character.org with two 2022 Promising Practices awards, which celebrate the best character education and service learning programs among schools nationwide.
The school, which has received numerous Promising Practices awards over the last seven years and was named a National School of Character, won this year’s awards for its Adopt a Grandparent for Valentine’s Day program and its Friends Club – Adaptive PE Helpers initiative.
Liberty ES is one of only 152 schools honored nationwide and one of only four in Georgia; Indian Knoll ES also was among those recognized, earning its first Promising Practices award. Honored schools will be recognized at Character.org’s National Forum in October.
For the Valentine’s Day program, Liberty ES fourth-graders partnered with the Lodge at Bridgemill senior living community. The students made gift boxes including handwritten letters and a self-addressed stamped envelope to invite its senior citizen residents to become their pen pals. Students were delighted to receive responses and have the opportunity to cultivate new friendships.
For the Adaptive PE Helpers program, third- and fifth-grade students in the AIM Gifted program twice a week volunteer during adaptive PE classes for students with special needs. They assist teachers in setting up and putting away the needed PE equipment and partner with students to assist them in completing activities. The helpers also assist Liberty students who participate in the CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Day games.
“Congratulations to Liberty Elementary School for continuing your legacy of learning through community service,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so proud of the teachers, staff and volunteers who make these extraordinary character building experiences possible for our students. Every year, I look forward to seeing what Liberty will do next to serve its community, and I am always impressed. Thank you for the service that earned this well-deserved recognition.”
The Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower will recognize Liberty ES for this honor at the August School Board meeting.