Cherry Hill Public Schools named 2017 New Jersey District of Character

Cherry Hill is one of only two districts in New Jersey to receive the distinction this year.

Cherry Hill Public Schools has received more honors for its focus on character education.

This month, the school district received a designation as a 2017 New Jersey District of Character. Cherry Hill is one of only two districts in the state to receive the award this year.

Cherry Hill received the award for its district-wide commitment to character education across the 19 Cherry Hill schools.

“On behalf of our entire school community and Board of Education, I am delighted that our district as a whole has been recognized for the work of our students, staff and administrators to foster a culture that develops not only academic achievement, but excellent student behavior and a positive school climate in all of our schools,” said Superintendent Joe Meloche. “We will continue this work moving forward, always seeking to strengthen and expand our character education initiatives.”

Criteria for the designations are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.

In addition to the district-wide honor, A Russell Knight and Bret Harte elementary schools were each named as a 2017 New Jersey School of Character.

All honorees will be recognized during a ceremony at the NJASECD Conference on May 19 at Rider University.