The Valley Stream Central High School District’s Memorial Junior High School and South High School were formally honored as 2016 National Schools of Character, a distinction that was first announced last spring. Representatives from both buildings attended Character.org’s 23rd National Forum on Character Education, held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 13-15.
Assistant Principal John Squadrito and Library Media Specialist Joan Mahoney participated at the forum on behalf of Memorial, while South was represented by Principal Maureen Henry, Special Education Teacher and Advisor to the Character Action Team Colleen Byrne and World Language Teacher and Student Activities Coordinator Jennifer Geremina. The groups from each school received a banner to display at their respective buildings.
Memorial and South were initially selected as New York State Schools of Character and advanced to the next level based on their applications. They were found to be exemplary models of character development and are among 68 schools across the United States presented with this honor.
Character education is a focus across the district, as all students are encouraged to “Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone” through the BRAVE program and its initiatives. Many lessons and activities held throughout the year in various subject areas incorporate this theme.