Character Education Grant in Gadsden County

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Gadsden County officials received a hefty federal grant to help students develop strong character and good citizenship.

Administrators unveiled the Character Education Initiative Program today that will be implemented in several schools over the next four years.

The district was awarded $1.5 million for the program. The project will help young people make ethical decisions that would reflect positively in the community.

Beverly Nash said, "We want to do more for those kids who are doing thing like caring, respecting others and themselves, who carry the trait of integrity. We want to emphasize those and encourage other students to take on those kinds of characters."

The goal is to show students how to embrace important core values like caring, honest, fairness and conflict resolution.

Administrators say all those attributes will result in greater academic achievement and higher student and staff morale.