Downey accepts the Golden Bell Award, and a surprise bonus award

Superintendent Dr. Wendy Doty and CHARACTER COUNTS! Teacher Trainer Mary Jo Enyeart went to San Francisco last week to receive the Golden Bell Award on behalf of the Downey, California, Unified School District.

Mary Jo Enyeart and Dr. Wendy Doty
CC! Teacher Trainer Mary Jo Enyeart, left, and Downey Superintendent Dr. Wendy Doty.

The California School Boards Association created the Golden Bell Awards to recognize exemplary school programs in 19 categories ranging from English Language Acquisition to Wellness. Since 2006, the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition (which includes the Downey USD, the City of Downey, and over 40 local businesses and community organizations) has focused on teaching students’ the Six Pillars of Character and integrating the CC! message throughout all aspects of life in the city. (Read about the impressive results here.)

Immediately after accepting the award, Doty and Enyeart were surprised to learn the district had also been granted the 2010 Partnership Award for Schools by the Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership. In their selection, the judges cited “the extent of collaboration, the impressive results, the ease of replication, and the quality of the solution to engaging and keeping high-risk youth in schools.”

Read more about Downey and the Golden Bell Award.

Watch a video of the presentation: