ACF12701

Increase Character & Mental Health Education

  • Submitted by:

    Sharon Mawhinney

    Organization:

    SCDSB parent volunteer

    Location:

    1170 Highway 26 Midhurst, Ontario

  • Idea Created:

    October 25, 2011

    Budget:

    Large ($100K - 150K)

Overview:

Children deserve the right to decide who they are, what they do, & who they become. Motivating children to be the best they can be and live to the best of their abilities takes a community to achieve. Thank you for stopping by & supporting my idea. :) XO Children's Mental Health Matters! I am a child's rights advocate. I believe children deserve protection from all forms of abuse. I believe children need character education to develop positive character traits. I believe children must have mental health education to protect themselves from all their predators. I would like to see Character Education increased in the school system. Currently Character Education is being taught in Ontario schools. Children need motivation to perform to the best of their abilities. Every day, students, staff and volunteers at the Simcoe County District School Board demonstrate positive Commit to Character attributes through their actions in elementary and secondary schools, learning centres, Education Centre offices, maintenance buildings and other board facilities. Respect, caring, honesty, integrity, courage, cooperation, responsibility, inclusiveness, optimism and empathy are the board's Commit to Character attributes. The Character Recognition Evening is the annual culminating event which celebrates the integration of character development into the curricular experiences of students and demonstrates how it is embedded into school culture through explicit and intentional teaching and learning. The 2009–10 Character Recognition Evening focused on student voice and participation as well as the recognition of 100 students, staff and volunteers who were nominated by their peers and colleagues for outstanding demonstrations of the character attributes. Student voice was most evident throughout the evening as students used PowerPoint presentations and DVDs to present their school-wide character initiatives with an emphasis on student leadership, youth and philanthropy initiatives, citizenship, courage, peer mediation, the Gay/Straight Alliance and anti-bullying. The Commit to Character attributes were modelled by students throughout the evening as they welcomed participants and their families, prepared and served refreshments and performed and displayed art work that captured the essence of what character education looks like in the board. The Character Recognition Evening honoured the recipients whose stories reflected practices in character development that support respectful, safe, caring and inclusive schools. I would like to see funds available to increase the prizes/awards given to students who exhibit positive character traits within their school & neighbourhood community,