Two CCISD High Schools Honored for Character Development Programs

By: Sydney Hunt
| Published 06/15/2021

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LEAGUE, TX -- Two Clear Creek ISD high schools received 2021 Promising Practice designations for their character development programs. Clear Brook High School and Clear Lake High School were two of only 170 total recipients named by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in schools and communities.

Promising Practices are unique, effective and replicable initiatives that inspire “goodness in action” and contribute to the field of character development. Each Promising Promise aligns with one or more of the principles articulated in Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework.

Clear Brook received one award for their “Art With Heart” program where students on campus created and donated artwork to area hospitals to help decorate patient hospital rooms.

“This was particularly noteworthy during the high number of hospitalizations during COVID as patients had no visitors,” said Principal Dr. Sharon Lopez. “This helped add a little brightness in their rooms. I am so excited for our students and teachers and grateful for the connection to our community.”

Clear Lake was recognized for four character programs on campus. In “Character Court,” the boys basketball team would spend time at elementary campuses and conduct activities. “Winter Wonderland” brought student council members from all of the feeder elementary schools together for a day-long character workshop. A committee of students also hosted “Character Seminars” where they would determine relevant topics for discussion with all students during advisory class.

“As we continue our character journey, to be recognized for programs that are part of the culture of Clear Lake by organizations not familiar with us is encouraging,” said Principal David Drake. “We know what great things our community does, and to have others recognize what we do validates our journey.”

A group called the CCISD Students for Safety, initiated and led by Clear Lake students, was also honored for their work to advocate for safety and equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently their efforts have been nationally recognized by the Texas School Safety Center in their School Safety Spotlight Program.

Both schools will be celebrated during Character.org’s 2021 Virtual National Forum in October 2021. Click here to learn more about Character.org.