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Monday, October 16, 2006

Parklawn Elementary Program to Be Honored by Character Education Partnership

The Chicks and Cliques™ program, an educational and experiential group at Parklawn Elementary School designed to combat gossiping, power struggles, and other social issues among girls, has been awarded a Promising Practices award from the Character Education Partnership. Amy Dunne, a Parklawn counselor who created the program, will receive the award on Friday, October 27, at a ceremony at 12:45 p.m. at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington.

Since 2003, the Chicks and Cliques™ program has been offered to Parklawn female students during the three intersession periods throughout the modified calendar school year. Dunne, a national certified counselor who has experience teaching in socially and culturally diverse environments, works with the girls to strengthen their emotional intelligence and character. The group uses conversation, role-play, art, and self-exploration—tailored to the specific needs of each group—to develop and maintain healthful friendships, work through social controversies, and build a strong social skill set. The overall goal of Chicks and Cliques™ is to develop the necessary skills for each girl to successfully and confidently navigate challenging social situations.

Since Dunne began the Chicks and Cliques™ program, between 300 and 400 students have participated. The program has been so successful that Dunne created a similar program for boys, Boy’s World, which is also held during the school’s intersession periods.

The Character Education Partnership gives Promising Practices awards to schools and school systems for implementing unique and specific character education strategies that others may learn from and replicate.


Note: For more information, contact Amy Dunne at 703-914-6900 or .