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Washington County Schools have character

August 04, 2002

Washington County Public Schools will be recognized as one of two area School Districts of Character at the first annual Benefit Awards banquet of the Washington County Character Counts! Coalition on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.

Four schools and three students from the school system will also be recognized as Schools of Character and Students of Character.

"We are pleased to honor Washington County Public Schools and to highlight specific school and students for their involvement in the Character Counts! movement," said Carolyn Brooks, coordinator of the Washington County Character Counts! Coalition. "Names of the student and school winners will be announced at the banquet."

Within Washington County Public Schools, the Character Counts! program is coordinated through the school level liaisons through the Office of Student Services. Martha Roulette, Director of Student Services, oversees the work of these liaisons and also serves on the Character Counts! Board of Directors. Bonnie Forsyth, Health Resource teacher, also provides support for Character Counts! activities.

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"Many of our schools, elementary through high school, use the Character Counts! philosophy in innovative and meaningful ways throughout the school year," Roulette said. "This awards dinner provides an opportunity for schools with exceptional programs to be honored locally for their efforts while raising money to continue to move the coalition's efforts forward."

Greencastle-Antrim (Pa.) School District will also be recognized as a School District of Character during the banquet.

For information, contact Carolyn Brooks at 301-739-3290 or Joe Sidlowski at 301-790-2800, ext. 559.

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