Community of Caring
October 1st marked the beginning of a new era for Character Education at Radix Elementary School. On this date, the Radix and Holly Glen Elementary schools’ staff trained to implement the Community of Caring Program during the 2004 – 2005 school year. In addition fifteen teachers from Williamstown Middle, Oak Knoll, and Whitehall Schools attended the training and implement a pilot program in their respective buildings. The cost of the training was paid by a grant the district received from the State of New Jersey in collaboration with the Federal Government.
Community of Caring is a No Child Left
Behind approved program used nationally by hundreds of school districts to
promote the teaching of Character Education. The main focus of the program is
on the core values of Family, Trust, Respect, Responsibility, and Caring. These core values, along with the character traits associated with the
state standards, are infused in daily lessons and discussions, when
appropriate. The program also
encourages the use of class meetings and service projects to promote the core
values, as well as academic achievement.
The goal of the Radix Elementary Character
Program is to use the Community of Caring techniques to promote the use of the
core values to improve student achievement and behavior.