Two Lincoln County R-III Schools were recipients of the 2020 Promising Practices Award this year, Troy Middle School and the Early Childhood Education Center. 

Troy Middle School was recognized for their Family Time program. Family Time is a once a week, multi-grade level “class” that meets with their student-identified TMS trusted adult with the purpose of building relationships through restorative circles, mindfulness, inspiration, motivation, character development, community service, and more.

This is the second consecutive award for ECEC. This year, ECEC received the award for their Sunshine Committee.

"Our school formed the Sunshine Committee to spread cheer throughout our school community and to give our staff a fun way to feel involved and included," said Dr. Kelly Groeber, ECEC principal. “This committee spreads happiness to our staff in both big and small ways throughout the year. “They choose little ways to boost morale in our school.”

Groeber said a lot of work was put into Sunshine Committee.

“The committee planned socials, organized treat days, and give little appreciation gifts throughout the year. We had a pumpkin decorating contest based on a children's book, played interactive games on the teacher board, provided small words of affirmation to all staff, had muffin mornings and distributed small trinkets to staff as a reminder that they were being thought of.

“It is important that we remember keeping teacher and staff morale boosted trickles to students and the school community as a whole.” has certified 246 Promising Practices in schools and organizations across the country that fosters character development in our children and teens.

"We are extremely proud to recognize the schools and organizations that have developed and implemented a Promising Practice,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, president of “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.”

This year’s character development practices and initiatives included peer mentoring, service learning, and conflict resolution approaches. Many of the Promising Practices also involve parents and the local community. will honor each 2020 Promising Practice recipient (schools and organizations) at its National Forum in Washington, D.C., to be held March 3 through 5, 2021.

Founded in 1993, is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. It’s mission is to provide the voice, visibility, and resources for educators to build nurturing and supportive school cultures that focus on core values and character strengths vital to student and school success. is widely known for its 11 Principles Framework for Schools, a comprehensive framework developed by school leaders and character development researchers. The vision for is to expand its work to families, sports, and the workplace. Visit to learn more.