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County schools honored

September 30, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Maryland Department of Education is scheduled today to honor 36 public, private and parochial schools, including two Washington County public schools, for having excellent character education programs.

Cascade Elementary School and Western Heights Middle School will be honored at the event in Linthicum Heights, Md. State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick and other state education officials are to attend, a state schools news release said.

Schools in the Washington County Public Schools system have Character Counts! programs, which have six pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Students at Cascade Elementary School are honored during morning announcements for positive actions they took that fit with the character education program, Principal Rose Pellegrino said. For example, a third-grade student recently was recognized for showing good manners for thanking someone for a gift, she said. Students also are recognized for exhibiting good behavior at monthly assemblies, she said.

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Pellegrino said much of the work on the programs was done by Catherine Scuffins, the school's former principal.

Students at Western Heights organized a Pillar Power Club, which raises money and has activities to help families and community organizations, school system spokeswoman Carol Mowen said.

The event is co-sponsored by the Maryland Center for Character Education, a nonprofit organization.

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