Mill Creek named State School of Character

March 14, 2014 

Mill Creek Upper Elementary, Belton, was named a Missouri State School of Character. Mill Creek is one of just 44 schools nationwide and the only school in the Kansas City area to be awarded this distinction.

“Through the efforts of Principal Kim Mauck, Vice-Principal Deanna Feeback, staff, students and parents, Mill Creek has worked toward a more caring culture, which has shown improved attendance, decreased behavioral incidents and improved academic achievement,” Superintendent Andrew Underwood said. “We hope more of our schools will obtain this prestigious designation, as character truly helps determine the success of our children.”

In December, Mill Creek submitted its application to become eligible as a State School of Character. Missouri is one of 32 states to give State Schools of Character awards. The program recognizes all schools and districts that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of Character Education Partnership’s 11 Principles of Effective Character.

Mill Creek will serve as a model school of excellence in the state for the next three years and will be recognized at the Character Education Conference luncheon Tuesday, June 17. To learn more about State School of Character, visit

Belton School District and Mill Creek Upper Elementary are currently awaiting the results of the National Award. Mill Creek received such a high score from the State evaluation that they automatically qualified to be evaluated for National School of Character honors.

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