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Deer Valley Elementary School Receives National Character Award
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Friday, February 02, 2018
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Deer Valley Elementary School Receives National Character Award

(HCS) – Hoover City Schools proudly announces that, a national advocate and leader for character, named Deer Valley Elementary School a 2018 Alabama School of Character. The program recognized Deer Valley as a school demonstrating the use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.


The Schools of Character application process serves as an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation.


Since its inception, has recognized more than 565 schools with the distinction of State School of Character.  The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fosters shared leadership and engages families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.


“I am so proud to serve with a staff that makes character education an integral part of their daily routine,” Deer Valley Elementary Principal, Dr. Wayne Richardson, said. “We are grateful to all of our sister schools from whom we have learned so much about building a positive culture and student character.  We believe that how students take responsibility for their lives and how they form and nurture relationships with others is every bit as important as their academic learning.  We are also grateful to for its efforts in bringing the importance of character education to light for school systems across the country.”   


About Founded in 1993, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools, families, workplaces and other communities to inspire, educate and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. is comprised of character leaders dedicated to individual growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in all schools and communities. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.

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