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Orrville has a long and distinguished history in partnership with the Institute of Global Ethics. To perpetuate a sense of ownership in shaping the character of our youth, the Character Education Committee of the Heartland Education Community, Inc. worked with the Institute of Global Ethics to conduct a series of seminars that lead to the development of “shared values”. These seminars were held in 1994. Experts from The Institute of Global Ethics facilitated the process to identify shared values.
More than 25 seminars were held with more than 300 community members attending. In each seminar, the question was asked: If you could post ethical character traits over the door of our school, which traits would you select for the children and educators to model? The nine traits mentioned most often during the seminars became the “Words of the Month” for our community. The “Words of the Month” program is the foundation of our character education program and is an integral part of our yearly theme.
The theme for 2012-2013 “Filling Your Bucket with Good Character” integrated the words of the month and books by Carol McCloud to provide students with opportunities to create and support a caring community while providing moral actions. The service learning continued throughout the year, as students participated in 4 community service projects during the year.