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Character and Community: A Town Hall Meeting with America's Youth, St. Louis, MO October 23, 2002
On October 23, 2002, Mrs. Bush spoke with parents, students, teachers, and community members at the Maplewood-Richmond High School in St. Louis, Missouri, on how everyone can participate in the design and administration of character-building programs.
Programs at the local level help states work with school districts to develop curriculum materials, provide teacher training, involve parents in character education, and integrate character education into the curriculum.
Each program incorporates six elements of character:
Character education is designed to help reduce discipline problems and improve student achievement, increase participation in extracurricular activities, and increase parent and community involvement. Students, parents and teachers can become active in helping their communities while building character through programs like the USA Freedom Corps.
Also, grants funded through the Department of Education provide millions of dollars in support to help schools develop character education programs. For Information about Partnerships in Character Education Programs at the Department of Education, contact:
U.S. Department of Education
For further information on how to join the volunteer network, contact the USA Freedom Corps: