Ballwin Elementary School was recently named a National School of Character. Principal Christine Davis and her staff planned a big celebration on Thursday as they soaked in their new national status.
Staff and students began the morning with music from the Marquette High School marching band and words from Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost. Louie from the St. Louis Blues also made a surprise appearance!
"We wanted to provide an opportunity for the entire school community to come together and celebrate," said Davis. "It was such a proud moment for our amazing school!"
The day was packed full of fun activities, including a magician and first responder vehicles. Popsicles were served to students and they took part in an all-school picnic lunch.
"Character means having our core values – being respectful, safe, peaceful, and caring about other people," said fifth-grade student Maddie Krebs.
According to Character.org, National Schools of Character have demonstrated that character development has a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. These schools serve as models and mentors to other educators and hold their designation for five years.