Character Education

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Project:  Pass It On



Project Pass It On is the name of Wellwood’s Character Education program. The goals of this program align with the Fayetteville Manlius CSD’s mission of preparing students to be a socially responsible citizen in the 21st century. Throughout the year, all students in grades 5-8, will participate in activities to promote our four main character traits: teamwork, service, perspective and zest.


This year, the Character Education Committee is excited to partner with an organization called Hopeprint, which empowers resettled refugees to thrive through practicing hospitality, personalized mentorship and community collaboration. Members of the Committee have developed a relationship with Nicole Watts, the Director of Hopeprint. We are inspired by her passion for helping this large population living in Syracuse.   It is estimated that there are 12,000-15,000 refugees living in our city, mostly on the Northside.  Nicole believes that we are all teachers and students, growing together to be greater than the sum of our parts.  We are excited to introduce Nicole Watts and her organization to Wellwood students.  The following are the goals of our partnership with Hopeprint: Our students will learn about the refugee crisis in the world, develop empathy skills and feel empowered through donations and drives.  Through monthly lunch activities and quarterly challenges, all students in grades 5-8 will have the opportunity to achieve these goals.


During the activities throughout the year, the students will be exposed to the “Growing Strengths Model,” which was developed by Dr. Angela Duckworth and endorsed by Wellwood’s Site Based Team.  The members of the Character Education Committee feel that our work with Hopeprint is the perfect match for this model and will give the students a chance to put their strengths into action!  The Growing Strenths are: zest, gratitude, grit, optimism, curiosity, social intelligence and self-control.  These words/ideas are going to be woven into the Pass It On activities throughout the year.


Our first quarterly activity is the “kick-off” for Hopeprint.  Nicole Watts will speak to our 5th and 6th grade students on September 15th and our 7th and 8th grade students on September 16th. Nicole is a dynamic speaker and will inspire us all!


You can learn more about Hopeprint by visiting their website at




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