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Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park named National School of Character

May 23, 2024 — Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park (VHELP) is being recognized nationally for its commitment to character education and values.

Character.org, a national organization advocating for character education in schools, announced today that Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park has been named a 2024 National School of Character. VHELP is one of just 73 schools in the U.S. to receive the National School of Character designation this year.

Each of the National Schools of Character was chosen based on excellence in eleven different principles of character education and development. At VHELP, those principles were found in the school’s “R.E.B.E.L.S. who Lead” core values, which represent a commitment to respect, empathy, bravery, excellence, legacy, and service. 

VHELP came to the attention of Character.org in 2023 when the school received the Promising Practices Award for “Specials Special Day,” a designated day each semester when special-area teachers (art, music, library, and P.E.) teach P.E. classes to reinforce the school’s core values. The program also helped VHELP earn State School of Character status earlier this year.

“We are incredibly honored and thrilled to be named a National School of Character. This recognition is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment of our entire school community --- students, teachers, staff, and parents alike. Cultivating strong core values in students at VHELP is just as important to us as striving for academic excellence,” principal Tiffany Marron said today.

VHELP is the fourth Vestavia Hills school to be named a National School of Character this decade, joining Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights (2020), Vestavia Hills Elementary West (2021), and Vestavia Hills Elementary East (2022).