Affton Early Childhood & Affton School District Receive Promising Practice Recognition

Congratulations are in order for both Affton Early Childhood and Affton School District, who have received a 2015 Promising Practice in Character Education. The recognition is an annual program by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact on students and schools across the nation and abroad.

HumaneSoc-1Affton Early Childhood was recognized for their “Humane Society of Missouri Service Learning Project.” They encouraged AECC families to send items for animals, such as dog toys, peanut butter, blankets, towels, and dog treats.  Each and every student made a dog toy from a tube sock and stuffing, which they decorated with markers and allowed each child to be a part of the giving process.

Classrooms implemented thematic units on pets and discussed how to care for them. At the end of the service learning project, the Humane Society of Missouri visited the school as part of their education outreach program with two dogs.  They taught AECC students how to safely approach animals, as well as ways to care for them.

Affton School District received the recognition for their “Caps Off For Recycling” Caps-1program that was made possible through the support of Affton parents, community members, teachers, and students. In collecting over 420 pounds of lids, each Affton school has received a  bench made from recycled plastics.