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"Promising Practice" Award

June 2012 - The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has announced that Margaret Buerkle Middle School, in addition to other schools and districts from across the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Singapore, will receive the Promising Practices award. The Promising Practices program recognizes schools and districts that have developed specific, unique, and effective educational practices that promote character development. This marks the third year in a row our school has been recognized for this distinguished award.
“These practices show what positive impact educators can have when they use high-quality character education strategies to bring out the best in their students,” said CEP President & CEO Joe Mazzola. “CEP congratulates these educators for helping today’s students become tomorrow’s citizen leaders.”

This year’s winning practice was our six week anti-bullying program, "Step Into My Shoes". This program was made possible by a $5,000.00 grant written by two Student Council members from Buerkle Middle School! CEP sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. CEP encourages other educators to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. “These practices demonstrate how thoughtful, quality character development strategies can successfully impact academic success, ethical decision-making, and social responsibility,” said Lisa Greeves, Manager of the Promising Practices Program. “We are excited to spread the word about their success.”

The Promising Practices awards program is administered by CEP as part of its National Schools of Character program. Based in Washington, D.C., CEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society. To learn more about CEP and its national programs, visit

“STUCO” (Student Council)

Buerkle's Student Council (STUCO) is a nationally recognized student council. They are one of only 13 middle schools to be recognized as a gold level honor council. They have also held gold honor council at the state level for over 20 years. Student Council members are elected by their peers and do various activities throughout the school year. Some of these activities include hosting workshops for other schools, holding state offices, holding Saint Louis area offices, mentoring other middle schools, and sending a delegation to the local and state conferences. Locally, our STUCO holds spirit days, has a staff breakfast, comes early to help teachers get moved in to their classrooms, helps at night events, holds a Senior Citizen Prom, host Buerkle's Big Blowout, sponsor anti-bully activities, collects for charities, host mixers, and adds to the overall school climate. Last year, one of Buerkle's advisors was awarded Middle School Advisor of the year. Also, last year, Buerkle's STUCO received a $5000 award to help with their anti-bully activities. They used this money for guest speakers, to help purchase T-shirts, to purchase supplies for activities, and to help spread acceptance of one another.

If you have questions about STUCO please contact Cathy Helfrich at
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