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Students Learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T and What it Means to Their Success in School

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MT. CLEMENS, Mich., October 8, 2014—Students at Prevail Academy are not only studying math, Prevail_Respect_Pic 1.jpgreading, and science this month, but they are also learning about respect and how it shapes their personal character.
Along with an academic program geared toward college prep, Prevail also offers a Moral Focus curriculum. Each month, teachers incorporate a different virtue into their lesson plans. The virtue for October is respect which is really important for teachers and students to hold for each other in order to have a successful classroom.
“The scholars enjoy the moral focus lessons and take them very seriously,” said Principal Colleen Furman. “Learning about respect not only helps the student grow personally, but it can also be a great classroom management tool to remind students about what respecting each other means when conflicts arise.”
Other virtues studied throughout the school year include: gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion, and integrity. This month, students are invited to share what they have learned through a writing and art contest held by National Heritage Academies (NHA).
The contest started several years ago as a way to encourage students to expand their writing skills through the specialized curriculum. Each year 30 students, out of NHA’s 80 schools, are chosen as the winners. Their writing or artwork is published in a Moral Focus Anthology that is distributed to all schools.
In last year’s competition, then first grader Kailen Miller wrote about respect. Her story said in part, “When I have respect for myself, other people will have respect for me also. Having respect for yourself and others will allow you to become a good person in life.”
Parents at Prevail Academy enjoy this unique program and the added benefit it provides students. In the Spring Parent Survey, 86 percent of parents said their child has become more respectful and caring while attending the school.
Each month, the school holds at least one Moral Focus assembly to honor students who showcase one of the virtues in the classroom.
“We know this unique curriculum is important to our parents and that they are teaching their children these same virtues at home on a regular basis.”
Prevail Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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