Character Education is an important part of Worrall Elementary’s programming each year. Our approach is multi-faceted, including a whole-school positive behavior support system, student leadership opportunities, fundraising events, and whole-school assemblies. At Worrall, we place critical importance on educating the whole child, helping them grow socially and emotionally as well as academically.
Our School-Wide Positive Behavior Support System is called The Worrall Way, and our motto is “We are Safe, We are Responsible, We are Respectful, We are Worrall.” This system allows all adults to use a common language, teach expected behaviors, develop routines and structure, and focus on proactively acknowledging expected behavior rather than reactively focusing on problematic or unexpected behavior. Students are awarded “Tiger Tokens” when they show exemplary behavior related to “The Worrall Way,” and student recipient names are read each day over the intercom by the Principal.
Worrall teachers meet each summer to plan the scope of the year to come for Character Education. Each year, teachers chose an overarching theme with the associated character traits. There is a corresponding assembly for each character trait, with a special the kick-off assembly early in the year. Each assembly is student-led, with songs, skits, and speaking opportunities for our very own children.
In addition to our assemblies throughout the year, Worrall participates in a variety of service projects, such as Halloween candy collection for local shelters, a canned food drive for Thanksgiving, and Cradles to Crayons donation drives. We recently started a new project in partnership with DuPont Children’s Hospital, wherein students donate requested items in lieu of distributing birthday party favor bags. It was an overwhelming success, as were our other ventures. Each service project allows students to learn about the joy of helping others, which is an important life-long lesson.
Character Education is an essential part of what we do at Worrall every day. Our students have so many opportunities to let their hearts shine through and feel a real sense of pride in their contributions to our community.