Character Education Partnership (CEP) has recognized Lehighton Area Middle School with a 2012 Promising Practice Award for the school's Humanitarian Club.

Each year as part of the National Schools of Character (NCOS) Program, CEP recognizes educators who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies.

"This award is a wonderful demonstration of what we strive to see our middle school students develop during their tenure here at LAMS care and concern for others, a sense of citizenship, and skills that are necessary to foster collaboration," said LAMS Principal Dr. Mark McGalla. "I couldn't be more proud of our students."

Since clubs were formed at LAMS, the goal of the Humanitarian Club has been to encourage students to help others in our community, state, country, and world. The students decide on the causes to pursue and the club advisers help them make it happen.

The LAMS Humanitarian Club advisers stress the motto, "By improving the lives of those in need, we also enrich ourselves."

Some of the causes helped by the Humanitarian Club include Dream Come True; Toys for Tots; collecting items for our troops serving overseas; helping local animal shelters; and raising funds for fellow students whose families have been affected by fires or serious illnesses.

On the local level, CEP has developed partnerships with Kids of Character and DeSales University. Kids of Character is a nonprofit organization that focuses on building character in Lehigh Valley youth by emphasizing compassion; courage; courtesy; fairness; honesty; kindness; loyalty; perseverance; respect; and responsibility.

Its mission is to inspire youth to become ethical, responsible citizens who will live lives of integrity and make good decisions in their family lives and future work lives.

CEP will honor the 2012 award recipients at the 19th annual National Forum on Character Education to be held Nov. 1-3 in Washington D.C.

For more information about Character Education Partnership, visit www.Character.org.

More information about Kids of Character can be found at www.Kids-of-Character.org.

For more information about Lehighton Area School District, visit www.Lehighton.org.