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State honors Pangborn Boulevard Elementary

September 26, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Pangborn Boulevard Elementary School earned the Maryland Character Education School of the Year award and Principal Barbara Stouffer said she has the community to thank.

"It took a lot of cooperation with staff, students and the community to make this happen," she said.

"It's more important than any award we could receive," she said.

She said the school got the honor from The Maryland Center for Character Education because of its quality character education programs that include community-based and schoolwide activities that are centered on the "Character Counts" pillars.

The school has held a multi-cultural fair, parent and student reading programs and a Kids Helping Kids canned food drive, among other activities.

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Stouffer said the school uses the pillars in its school rules and discusses one of them every month during its video morning announcements.

The topic this month is trustworthiness, she said.

Stouffer said there are a lot of awards out there for academics and sports, but character is often overlooked.

"It's a special award because it recognizes developing the whole child and making them responsible citizens," she said.

The award includes a certificate and a banner for the front of the school. Pangborn will have a cake and soft drink party in celebration during the morning announcements later this week.

The award is given to one school in each county and Baltimore City every year. An elementary, middle or high school can receive the award.

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