July 21, 2020
BRYN MAWR, PA: The Buffalo Public School District is the recipient of eight Promising Practice certifications by Character.org- a national advocate for character in schools, families, sports and the workplace, and headquartered in Washington, DC. The eight practices were certified across seven of the 22 schools that have been a part of the nationally recognized CITRS/CHARACTER COUNTS! Comprehensive Character Development Initiative since January of 2017.
"Receiving a Promising Practice is a big step in a school's journey to attain full certification as a School of Character. Promising Practices are important building blocks that a school puts in place in constructing a comprehensive character culture. These schools are demonstrating significant progress in the building of that culture," stated Character.org's New York State Coordinator, Dr. Philip Fusco. "It is an honor to work with the schools in Buffalo who are willing to undertake this effort to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of educating the "whole child"."
“I’m not surprised that all seven BPSD schools that applied received the Promising Practice recognition through the national organization Character.org,” commented Suzanne Bracci, CITRS Western New York Regional Director. “These seven schools- part of a 22 Buffalo Public School CITRS/CC! project- have worked very hard the past 3 years, consistently showing dedication to continual improvement and integration of the character development framework within their culture, climate and practices. I believe they likely have several practices that are worthy of this distinct honor. This is a great steppingstone, and, with consistent effort and determination, I believe these schools can one day achieve New York State and National School of Character certifications. When that day comes, they will have experienced a radical transformation within their school, as Harvey Austin School #97 (a recently named National School of Character) has experienced."
Outside of the eight certifications in the Buffalo Public School District, Character.org also certified an additional 238 Promising Practices in schools and organizations across the country that foster character development in children and teens.
About CITRS, Inc: Founded in 2010, CITRS is a nonprofit organization that stands for Character, Integrity, Trust, Relationships and Success. Its mission is to empower people to achieve success by building a strong foundation of character. CITRS works with educators, organizations and school districts to develop character-centered environments, in which students thrive ethically, socially, and academically. It is headquartered in Bryn Mawr, PA and co-founded by Clay Hamlin and Gene Miller.