Alma Schrader recognized for character-building

The importance of good character cannot be overstated. It's critical to doing anything well.

Alma Schrader Elementary School has taken this idea and put it into action with Tigers Across the Ages and Courtyard Crashers. The programs recently were recognized nationally by Character Education Partnership as Promising Practices.

School counselor Julia Unnerstall started Tigers Across the Ages several years back. The concept is for students to correspond with older mentors. The school has worked with the Central High School football team and coach Nathan Norman on writing letters. The players have also come to the elementary school for a talk.

Alma Schrader also has coordinated with Mark Alnutt, Southeast Missouri State University athletic director. The university has connected the students with college athletes and coach Tom Matukewicz.

Courtyard Crashers is an opportunity for students, parents, members of the community and churches to participate in projects at the school's courtyard.

Congratulations to the staff, students and members of the community who helped make these programs successful. It's important for young students to have role models and to be involved in positive activities that contribute to character.