June 18, 2021
BRYN MAWR, PA: CITRS is proud to announce that Buffalo Public School District’s Hamlin Park Academy (School #74) and Early Childhood Center (School #17) have received Promising Practice Awards from Character.org – a national advocate for character in schools, families, sports and the workplace, and headquartered in Washington, DC. The two schools are in elite company with only four other New York schools being recognized and less than 200 schools and organizations throughout the entire country. Promising Practices are unique, effective, and replicable initiatives that inspire “goodness in action” and contribute to the field of character development. Each Promising Practice aligns with one or more of the principles articulated in Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework. “We are extremely proud to recognize the schools and organizations that have developed and implemented a Promising Practice” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org. “Each of these programs and initiatives have demonstrated significant impact and strongly align with the principles that help schools and organizations cultivate a culture of character.” School #74 and School #17 are recognized for the creative approaches they have put in place to help children understand, care about, and consistently practice the core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace, and as citizens. As CITRS has worked with these two schools over the last four years, "it has been an honor working with BPS's 17 and 74. They have consistently shown a dedicated and intentional effort to create a culture and climate of character that encompasses their entire school community - staff, students and families alike,” remarked Melissa Frawley, CITRS Mentor Coach. Along with the other 2021 Promising Practice recipients, Hamlin Park Academy and Early Childhood Center will be honored by Character.org at its National Forum to be held October 20-22, 2021. To learn more about the upcoming forum, visit https://www.character.org/forum. ### About CITRS, Inc: CITRS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people to achieve success by building a strong foundation of character. CITRS works with educators and school districts to achieve character-centered environments where students thrive ethically, socially, and academically.