The Greenwood "cast" for the new show, Cooking with Character!
Character Council kids delivering and sorting gifts for the Giving Tree program.
The Grumpy Family vs. the Happy Family, in a 5th grade version of Character Family Feud!
Greenwood Elementary has been proudly promoting character education since 2010. During that time character education at Greenwood has developed into an embedded program that is celebrated with a focus on one of the nine character traits each month, monthly inter-grade character meetings we call Pride Groups, and monthly character assemblies. Our school has been recognized by the Character Education Partnership at the state level twice and at the national level three times. We are proud of this recognition, but are most proud of the fact that our students are learning to do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do.
Service learning is also an important aspect of life at Greenwood Elementary. In 2009, after an audit of our mission and values, we decided we needed to do a better job living the value statement that says “we will provide opportunities for students to develop a sense of purpose and compassion beyond themselves.” Since then we have created and maintained two school-wide service learning projects; The Great Greenwood Giveaway, a free garage sale that has served upwards of 800 people per year, and the Greenwood Neighborhood Leaf Rake, which cleans up fall leaves for around 40 neighborhood homes. In addition to school-wide projects, classrooms also engage in ongoing service work, that includes trips to the Kinnic Home, growing and donating produce to the local food shelf, and packing backpacks with non-perishable food for those less fortunate to take home on the weekends.
Character Education is making a positive impact throughout our school community. Visit the River Falls School District Character Education website for our latest updates and photos from around the district: