UNI's Price Laboratory School receives 'School of Character' award

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Michelle Swanson, instructor, Price Laboratory School, (319) 273-2600
Kim Miller, instructor, Price Laboratory School, (319) 273-3217
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Malcolm Price Laboratory at the University of Northern Iowa received a 'School of Character' award at the Iowa Character Awards ceremony in West Des Moines earlier this month.

The 'School of Character' award was presented to Price Lab faculty for their school citizenship program and their implementation of the Six Pillars of Character in student learning: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

'In 1993, the elementary faculty at Price Lab observed the need for character education among the elementary students and created the Elementary Citizenship Program to address these growing needs,' said Michelle Swanson, Price Lab instructor. 'Twelve years later, the program continues to thrive and serves as a model for other schools around the nation in the area of character education and the six pillars of education.'

The Price Lab Citizenship Program, known as 'Building a Caring Community,' has monthly citizenship themes, such as 'responsibility,' 'sportsmanship' and 'celebrating differences and diversity,' which are integrated into every facet of learning at the school, and celebrated at a Citizenship Assembly at the end of each month.

The Iowa Character Awards were presented by the Institute for Character Development and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition.

For more information, contact Michelle Swanson, Price Lab instructor, at (319) 273-2600, or Kim Miller, Price Lab instructor, at (319) 273-3217.