Milwaukee, Wis. (4/18/13) — The Wisconsin Character Education Partnership announced April 18 that it has chosen “CWA Heartfelt Heroes” to receive a Promising Practice Award. Capitol West Academy was chosen from schools throughout the state to receive the award. Fourteen schools in total were honored.
The award winners are considered models for other schools in the state, and their programs “best practices” for others to review as they develop their character education initiatives.
On Heartfelt Heroes Day, Feb. 15, students invited their personal heroes to join them in a ceremony where the kids individually noted why they chose the person as a hero. The heroes and children later worked together to create decorated bags and boxes to hold food the students had collected for needy families.
“Congratulations to all of these schools; they are commended for their commitment to fostering character education in their school community,” the partnership said in making the award.
Donna Niccolai-Weber, CWA’s executive director, thanked the school committee that organized the event and sent special thanks to teacher Kendra Thiel, who wrote and submitted the proposal on behalf of the school.
“We are pleased and honored to be recognized for our Heartfelt Heroes program, which is a really special day for all our children and their loved ones,” she said. “Kids don’t often take the time to tell parents, siblings and others how much they mean to them, so doing this in a ceremony is especially meaningful.”