Submitted by Christine Broski
Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark was recently recognized as a State School of Character by Character.org. The school completed a comprehensive application that demonstrated “A Framework for School Success: Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education.” Activities mentioned included the creation of the 9th Grade Character Academy, PEER leadership, the creation of the “Blue Cru”, the school’s Unified Sports Program, Heroes & Cool Kids program, and the school’s Shave Off Cancer Fundraiser.
ALJ Assistant Principal Ed Bucior stated, “We are extremely proud to announce that Arthur L. Johnson High School has been selected and awarded the title of State School of Character! We would like to thank our students and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to our school and community! And thank you to the community for all of your continued support.”
“At Arthur L. Johnson, we want every child to “Reach Their F.O.C.U.S.” (Future, Opportunity, Character, Unity, Success). We strive to have our students work towards a brighter future for all, take advantage of opportunities offered to them at our school, treat each other with respect and compassion, and work together to build a stronger community. Collectively, we work towards producing well-rounded young adults as they graduate from ALJ. This is why we decided to pursue not only character education, but also character building opportunities,” continued Bucior.
According to Character.org, a national advocate for character in communities, “Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.” For more information on the recognition visit character.org.