(March 15, 2013- Pennsauken, NJ) - Camden County Technical School’s Pennsauken Campus (Penn Tech) was named a 2013 New Jersey School of Character by the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD). School representatives will attend a special recognition ceremony during the NJASECD Annual Conference at Rider University in Lawrenceville on March 18 at 9:00 a.m.
“The Camden County Technical School’s students and staff members truly deserve this recognition. The culture of respect fostered among students and their proactive approach to character development is unprecedented,” said Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Technical School. “They provide a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that includes all students and engages families and community members as partners.”
As a New Jersey School of Character, their application has been forwarded to the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. for consideration in the National Schools of Character program. Representatives from NJASECD will be visiting Penn Tech in the near future to see these winning principles in action.
Students and staff at school are proud of their family-like, caring atmosphere. Older students help younger students through tutoring, peer-to-peer presentations, support and encouragement. Students, staff, parents, and community members voluntarily participate in community service projects. Gold, Silver and Bronze Star Achiever awards are given to students each marking period for meeting criteria in the following five categories: Academic Achievement, Attitude, Attendance, Activity involvement, and Accountability for financial obligations. Students who maintain star achiever status consistently demonstrate the core values of respect, responsibility and cooperation.
“There is no question in my mind that Penn Tech is a model for other schools and his deserving of this state-wide recognition,” Leonard said. NJASECD is supported by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the Education Information Resource Center (EIRC). Funding for the program is provided by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).