MONTVILLE, NJ - Six members of Cedar Hill Elementary School’s Character Education Committee made a presentation to the Morris County School Board Association on April 30.

The Montville Township Public School students, known as Character Representatives, are fifth-graders. The representatives have led the student body in character development all-year through Cedar Hill’s award-winning Connect with Respect initiative. The students spoke to the Morris County School Board Association about their experiences and the projects they have launched this year as leaders of Cedar Hill’s Character Education Committee.

“The mission of Cedar Hill’s Character Education program, Connect with Respect, is to foster the value of respecting self, others, property and community,” said School Counselor, Heather Praml.

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Praml, along with kindergarten teacher, Cathy Lundquist, is also an adviser for the Character Education Committee. 

The school’s Character Representatives initiate projects of character for the student population to support. This year, the committee partnered with Pagus, Inc., a not-for-profit organization involved in providing education in impoverished areas of Ghana.  The committee also raised funds to help pay the medical bills of a seven-year-old child from Garfield, NJ. The students became aware of the child’s needs through Cedar Hill Student Council’s annual Jaycee’s Angels Giving Tree.

Connect with Respect was created by Cedar Hill teachers in 2005. Character Representatives are chosen by teachers and staff, based on underclass performance. The nine members of the committee serve as Character Representatives during their final year as students in the elementary school. The committee is supported in their efforts by fourteen teachers and many parent volunteers.

In March, Cedar Hill’s Character Education Committee also traveled to Rider University. There they gave a similar presentation and accepted an Honorable Mention award as a New Jersey School of Character.