Two Washington County elementary schools were recognized for their outstanding character-education initiatives and received Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year Awards for the 2010-11 school year.
The two schools are Pangborn Elementary and Williamsport Elementary.
For the 14th consecutive year, the center awarded exemplary Maryland public and nonpublic schools for their work in positive character development.
On Oct. 6, Anne Wilson and Peggy Rohr, school counselors, went to Stevenson University to accept their banners and certificates at the seminar and awards banquet on behalf of their schools.
This is the fourth year in a row that Pangborn has received this recognition, and a first for Williamsport.
The theme for this year's program was "Growing Great Kids, Growing Great Character; character education as a tool to foster intrinsic motivation and meet individual needs."
Pangborn and Williams-port used different programs but emphasized education, modeling of behaviors and decision making, empowering students and having students produce good character traits.
For more information about each program, contact the schools to talk to the counselors. A complete list of the Maryland Schools of Character and photographs from the awards luncheon are available at www.mdctrcharacter.org.