With state designation, school moves on to national character competitionPALM COAST, FL (January 18, 2013) — Today, Imagine School at Town Center received notification from the Florida Intentional Character Partnership (FICP) that the school is officially a 2013 Florida School of Character. Imagine Town Center is well-known in Flagler County as a high performing charter school in large part for its academic growth and ‘A” rating from the Florida Department of Education. However, parents and educators recognize that academic success is heavily tied to positive character development, which teaches students the habits and skills needed to be successful in school and life. Upon hearing the news, Principal Lisa O’Grady responded, “I am delighted that our staff was recognized in such a prestigious manner for their commitment to developing positive character development in the lives of nearly 900 students on our campus.” “We pride ourselves on justice, integrity, and fun, and the ethical leaders we are building. This accolade is overwhelming and proves what a wonderful, family oriented campus we have at Imagine Town Center,” states Tracey Toth, the campus’ Character Coach. Vivan Delia, Director of FICP, said, “As the State School of Character sponsoring partner, the Florida International Character Partnership extends its sincerest congratulations to Imagine School at Town Center. . . We thank you for your commitment to implementing a quality character education initiative and helping develop good character in Florida’s youth.” FICP will honor the SSOC winners at a ceremony in May. Imagine Town Center’s application will be forwarded to the Character Education Partnership to compete for the title of National School of Character (NSOC). National finalists will be notified in late February, may receive site visits in March, and official notification of status by late March. Since 1998, the prestigious NSOC program has recognized schools for their outstanding character development of students and building school cultures that allow students to thrive socially and academically. CEP recognizes all schools that meet the standards set forth by CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
###Imagine Schools at Town Center is a public charter school currently educating nearly 900 Flagler County students in grades PreK-8. The school opened in Palm Coast in 2008 and is part of the Imagine Schools Non-Profit, a national 501©3 charter management organization. For more information about Imagine Town Center, visit www.imagineschooltowncenter.org.