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Popeye lives in Chester, but Belleville is filled with characters, too

Belleville School District 118 students on character education

Union Elementary School students, part of Belleville School District 118, talk about receiving character education and learning to be kind and respectful to everyone and to do the right thing every day.
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Union Elementary School students, part of Belleville School District 118, talk about receiving character education and learning to be kind and respectful to everyone and to do the right thing every day.

Belleville School District 118 was just named a national school district of character. Those with character do not rest on their laurels. They keep working to make things better.

“By no means is the job over,” Superintendent Matt Klosterman said. “You have to keep going at it. But this is a well-deserved recognition at this point in time for the work that our staff has done, the quality of our kids, their families and the community members.”

Belleville has made a priority out of character education in schools, but there are plenty of other efforts around us. Groups such as Belleville Achieves Strength in Character promote citizenship and basic humanity, plus hold up our community’s role models as examples and share the news of their good works. Racial Harmony at its core is about character education and promoting the understanding that builds character.

Parents, churches, schools and civic groups all have roles to play in bringing up the next generation of good eggs. There are lots of resources for your child to learn how to be a well-developed human being.

If your character could use some work, seek one of them out and join or volunteer. You’ll find plenty of other people to inspire you to be a better person.

Belleville School District 118 Superintendent Matt Klosterman talks about the National District of Character award that District 118 earned.

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