McClure Named A Kansas State School of Character

Congratulations to McClure Elementary on Being Recertified as a Kansas State School of Character!
Posted on 01/25/2022
Topeka Public Schools is proud to announce that has recertified McClure Elementary as a Kansas State School of Character! McClure was originally certified under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Gordon, who retired in 2021 and passed the torch to her successor, Principal Chelsea Artrzer., a national advocate and leader for character, designated 67 schools and 2 districts as State Schools of Character for 2022. Since its inception,'s Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly three million students, staff, parents, and other community members.
Each year, certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.
Schools and districts announced today will be considered for's highest distinction – National School of Character. McClure is now recertified at the state level for five years, and their application moves on to be reviewed at the national level. There will be a virtual site visit this spring, and McClure will know in May if the school will be officially recertified at the national level for the next five years.
 Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, shared, "Under Dr. Gordon's leadership, McClure Elementary earned the distinction of being a school of character at the state and national level. This recertification confirms the continued excellence as a state model of Kansas School of Character as Dr. Gordon and the current principal, Ms. Artzer, continues to focus efforts on the positive character development of every student." 
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