HAMILTON, NJ --  Hamilton Township's Grice Middle School has been honored for what so many local families already knew about the school environment.  Grice has been designated as a "State School of Character" for 2020 by a national advocate and leader for character in schools, families, sports teams, and the workplace - Character.org.  The Hamilton school is one of 81 schools and seven districts nationally to earn the prestigious designation for schools that "focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate." 

“The effort by the entire Grice Middle School community to achieve this award as a State School of Character is commendable. The teachers, staff, students, and parents have established a school community focused on a positive school climate. I’m so proud of the work they have done to earn this recognition,” said Scott Rocco, Hamilton Township School District Superintendent. 

Founded in 1993, Character.org is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that works with schools, families, workplaces, and communities to educate, inspire, and empower people of all ages to be ethical and compassionate citizens.  Schools chosen undergo a five-year certification as State Schools of Character to demonstrate 11 "principles of character" which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership, and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort. 

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“I have been hearing for years from many visitors that Grice Middle School should be awarded a character award,” said David R. Innocenzi, principal of Grice Middle School.  “We practice and model positive character every day, not because we want recognition, but simply because it is the right practice to do.”

Grice will now be under consideration for the 2020 National Schools of Character will be announced in May by Character.org that will honor these schools and districts at their National Forum held on October 1 through 3 in Washington, DC. 

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