MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Public Schools was one of only five districts in the nation to be named a 2018 National District of Character by Character.org, a nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world. In addition, Montville Township Public Schools’ Robert R. Lazar Middle School has been named a 2018 National School of Character. These two awards recognize the district’s on-going commitment to assist students in developing character.

In 2016, Cedar Hill Elementary and Woodmont Elementary were also named National Schools of Character.

“It is one of my greatest professional honors that the Montville Township Public School District has been named a National District of Character,” Superintendent René Rovtar wrote in an e-mail to the district’s faculty and staff. “I was happy to have had the opportunity to showcase the wonderful ways in which character education is woven into our culture and to share the ways it extends beyond our walls into the community. This is truly an honor which we all share. I thank you for the high importance you attach to making sure our students learn these values and are encouraged to apply them on a daily basis. It is perhaps some of the most important work that you do.”

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Since the inception of Character.org’s Schools of Character program in 1998, 547 schools and 35 districts have been designated as National Schools or Districts of Character, impacting more than 3million people’s lives. Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates certify schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development with a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Character.org evaluates schools and districts selected in January as State Schools of Character for consideration for national certification as National Schools of Character.

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models in character development. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

"At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients," said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. “Their dedication to character development is reducing the skills gap by equipping the future workforce with transferable relationship skills needed to meet tomorrow's challenges. Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do, because they create fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth in communities of character. This year as we celebrate our silver anniversary, we are excited to also recognize 20 years of incredible National Schools of Character.”

Character.org will honor the designated schools and districts at its 25th National Forum on Character to be held October 4-7, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

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