Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School Kicks Off Character Education Program

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Teachers, administrators and students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School recently held an assembly to kick off their school-wide Character Education Program. The program was initiated last year by Principal Marguerite Greene and Assistant Principal Mary Williams to foster a school-wide environment of respect, responsibility and compassion through awareness of individual actions, thoughts and behaviors.

The physical education department led the event and presented a video that they produced for the students. The video provided examples of individuals reflecting good character and even included current TJL students. “We wanted something different for the kick off assembly,” said physical education teacher Christine Collins. “The students and staff really took the video to heart because it not only had catchy songs, inspirational words and video clips, but it also had current students from our building acting out the character words.”

The kick off assembly is just the start for the program. Each month will be designated a character trait and have a corresponding color. Students will be encouraged to wear that color shirt to school to show awareness of that month’s trait and teachers will incorporate the trait into lessons and discussions. At the end of each month, two students from every classroom will receive a Character Education Award for exemplifying the character trait throughout the month and their photos will appear on the “Tree-mendous Character” tree at the school.