Pangborn Elementary Named a Maryland Character Education School of the Year

PHOTO CAP: Counselor Anne Wilson with the display of Pangborn character education initiatives.

Pangborn Elementary Named a Maryland Character Education School of the Year

Hagerstown, MD (November 10, 2008)- Pangborn Elementary School has received a Maryland Center for Character Education (MCCE) School of the Year Award. At a recent luncheon hosted by MCCE, schools were recognized for their outstanding character education initiatives. Pangborn counselor Anne Wilson, school business manager Angela Allen, and Washington County Character Counts! Coalition secretary Sharon Chirgott represented Pangborn and Washington County at the luncheon. Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Allen accepted a banner and plaque on behalf of the school.
"We embed character education into all parts of our curriculum and programs," according to counselor Anne Wilson. "In and out of the classroom, good character is reinforced for the students, and it shows in the way they treat each other, participate in class, and in their involvement in school projects for the community."
Every classroom features specific lessons in character and decision-making, and there are visual reminders of good character throughout the school, in homework planners, and in the school newsletter. The Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) discipline program emphasizes good behavior and rewards rather than punishes students. PAWS (Positive Attitudes Will Succeed) cards are earned by students who show good behavior and character and can be redeemed for privileges or prizes.
Students also gain an understanding of community service through participation in events such as Relay for Life, food drives, buddy readers, and environmental improvement activities.