ROSELLE, NJ - The New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD) has named Roselle's Harrison Elementary School as a "New Jersey Emerging School of Character." The designation recognizes the school's efforts to address student needs and student development using a broad range of approaches that include school staff, parents, students, and community members.

Each year, NJASECD honors schools and districts with character education programs. Character education includes and complements a broad range of educational approaches such as whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning, and civic education, with a goal of "helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens," according to NJASECD.

"Harrison Elementary routinely exhibits a commitment to teaching to the whole child as part of a comprehensive approach toward developing our youth into responsible citizens," said Dr. Kevin West, Superintendent, Roselle Public Schools.

The school will be honored in May during a special ceremony at the NJASECD Annual Conference at Rider University. Assemblyman Jamel Holley, will present Harrison Principal Dr. Lissette Gonzalez-Perez and Harrison Elementary staff with a proclamation recognizing the school’s achievements. "We could not be more proud of Dr. West, Dr. Lissette Gonzalez-Perez and her staff. They deserve this honor and we are humbled to honor them," Holley said.