BROOKLAWN N.J. (JANUARY 26, 2016)--The Alice Costello School in Brooklawn has been named
the winner of the 2015-2016 Camden County School of Character Award. The award is presented to a school that has demonstrated excellence in character education and includes elements of whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning, and civic education.
The Brooklawn character education program features a Mentoring Club where grade 8 students are paired with younger students during emergency drills, holiday parties, and shared reading activities. A Community Service Club is active in events such as food drives, toy collections, the Ronald McDonald House, and care packages for soldiers. The PAL (the Peer Assisted Learning Club) meets weekly to plan activities where students in grades 5-8 work with children in kindergarten and grade 1 on creative activities, reading books, arts, crafts, and games. The National Junior Honor Society is involved in numerous service projects, including collecting cans and bags of pet food for animal shelters. An active Student Council holds pep rallies depicting positive behaviors. Once a month all students and staff are encouraged to wear clothing with an assigned color symbolizing the character trait of the month.
There are many additional clubs and activities centered around the theme that even the smallest act of kindness can make a positive difference in the lives of others. The entire school in involved in efforts such as the Pennies for Pasta Fundraiser for Leukemia.
The school will be honored and receive its award at the Camden County Freeholder’s meeting on February 18 at 6:30 pm in the Connector Building, Camden County College. Board of Education President, Tracy Farrow remarked, “The Board is so proud of our students and staff for achieving this honor. Character is the foundation of all that is meaningful and lasting. Our students are learning lessons that will last a lifetime.”