Promising Practices Awards
LES Wins Four National Promising Practices Awards
Lawrenceville Elementary School has been recognized with Promising Practices Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2012 from the Character Education Partnership (CEP).
A Promising Practice is a unique and specific character education strategy or program that addresses one or more of CEP's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education.
In 2008, LES received a Promising Practice Award entitled "Teaching Empathy to Young Children Through Service Learning." Many service learning projects are featured at LES throughout the year. True service learning is curricular-based service to others that contains reflection and celebration at the conclusion of the project. LES' third grade CARE (Children Acting Responsibly Everyday) Kids act as the service ambassadors for the school, teaching the younger grades about the upcoming project and coordinating the school's efforts. Principal Judith Bronston created the CARE Kids in 2000.
"Bridging the Achievement Gap...An After School Program that Works!" was the title of the Promising Practices Award received by LES in 2009. At Eggerts Crossing Village, "Every Child Valued" is a community-based program that fosters credibility, trust and relationships between families and teachers by locating the program in the housing complex. Teachers use a variety of hands-on and computer-aided instructional tools to supplement the students' knowledge and understanding of the curriculum.
The Promising Practices Award presented to LES in 2010 was entitled, "Leaping Into Service Learning With Literature." At LES we "leap" into each service learning project by introducing it to our young learners through children's literature relating to the theme of the project. Our oldest students rehearse and then read the books in teams of three or four to the lower grades. The literature presented has real-world themes such as loneliness in a nursing home, missing a parent in the military, or hunger in our community. Through the book's story and illustrations, children are able to acquire a better understanding of the needs of these complex problems.
2012 brought recognition for a Promising Practice entitled, "Growing Green and Environmental Stewardship." In the last two years, our gardening program has blossomed into a fully integrated environmental learning center. The farm-to-school program engages students in the food cycle by growing, caring for, harvesting and sharing crops. Seasonal harvest festivals bring all students and parent volunteers together to enjoy the fruits of their labors. A portion of the crops are then donated to our local soup kitchen. Through community work days and volunteer opportunities, parents provide a vital support network. Children collect and compost lunchroom food waste. The resulting compost enriches our butterfly garden. Students understand that composting decreases waste and helps care for our natural gardens. The curriculum-based program takes learning outside of the classroom, integrating the garden area into all aspects of instruction. Through the use of picture books, kindergarteners explore language and art. First graders learn about nutrition through soil testing. Second graders meet the insects they study in science. Third graders use emerging math skills to map the garden and learn about tree growth. All students connect to and become stewards of their environment.