Berkeley Elementary named 'National School of Character'

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The character of students at one Moncks Corner elementary school has earned them a prestigious award.

Berkeley Elementary School has been recognized as a 'National School of Character' by The Character Education Partnership. The award is given to schools and districts that demonstrate a focus on character development. That development must have a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

All together, 20 public schools, three private schools, one charter school and one school district were selected nationwide.

"These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals," said Lara Maupin, National School of Character Director. "Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are on the same page about what's important and, as a result, children thrive."

After a rigorous evaluation process, Berkeley Elementary was given the honor. Now they are expected to serve as a model for other schools.

"Berkeley Elementary School realizes that a child that cares for all humanity will reach his or her full potential," said Principal Tracy Gaskins. "Learning is more than reading and math. It is about educating the whole child."

This is the first time the school has been recognized as a National School of Character. It was previously named a 'State School of Character' in 2009 by the South Carolina State Department of Education and The Character Education Partnership.