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Early Childhood Education Center students designed signs to hang up around Lincoln County. Once an item on the scavenger hunt was complete, they were able to take a photo with the sign and post on social media with the campaign’s hashtag #ECECLightsUpLincolnCounty.

The Lincoln County R-III School District’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) has recently received recognition for its Promising Practices in Character Education. In December, ECEC asked employees, students and families to join them in a scavenger hunt to light up Lincoln County. 

Throughout the holiday season, ECEC families completed acts of kindness and service (the December character word) and posted photos on social media with the hashtag #ECECLightsUpLincolnCounty. 

The ECEC Character Education Committee meets monthly to develop character education lessons and events to support the school in teaching students about good character. This year, the committee submitted the ECEC Lights Up Lincoln County campaign to Character.org and received their fourth Promising Practices award! 

ECEC is one of 232 schools and organizations in the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico and Uganda that received the award in 2019. 

“At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s Promising Practices recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many individuals and their communities across the United States and beyond,” said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. 

He continued, “We’re excited to begin validating Promising Practices in workplaces, sports and higher education in addition to PK-12. The great work happening in these environments is a solid foundation for individual and community growth.” 

Character.org’s 2019 Promising Practices represent: 

· Four nations outside the U.S. 

· 22 U.S. states and Washington DC – with the largest numbers from New Jersey, Missouri, Florida and Texas 

· 203 public, charter and private schools as well as seven organizations, 13 sports organizations, two colleges and universities and six school districts 

The full recipient list can be found at Character.org. Character.org administers this certification process to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. Recipients of the 2019 awards will be honored at the National Forum in Washington, D.C., October 24-27, 2019. 


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