National Museum of Patriotism, Kamaron Institute Announce National Finalists 2005 KC3™ Citizenship Award

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The National Museum of Patriotism and the Kamaron Institute, Inc. today announced the 2005 “KC3™ Citizenship In Motion Award” national finalists. “The purpose of creating this national award program is to recognize outstanding performance and achievement in area of positive citizenship. Our benchmark is implementation of the KC3™ Positive Label Certification Program,” says National Museum of Patriotism president and KC3™ Citizenship in Motion award program founder, Nick Snider.

Atlanta, GA (April 8, 2005) – The National Museum of Patriotism (http://www.museumofpatriotism.org) and the Kamaron Institute, Inc. (http://www.kamaron.org) today announced the 2005 “KC3™ Citizenship In Motion Award” national finalists.

“The purpose of creating this national award program is to recognize outstanding performance and achievement in area of positive citizenship. Our benchmark is implementation of the KC3™ Positive Label Certification Program,” says National Museum of Patriotism president and KC3™ Citizenship in Motion award program founder, Nick Snider.

“These school teams truly exemplify the concept of Citizenship in Motion,” says Margaret Ross, president of Kamaron Institute and KC3™ Program creator. “We congratulate each national finalist and commend them for the positive impact they are making in their communities,” adds Ross.

“The achievement level is outstanding,” observes Nick Snider. “Every school team exceeded all program goals and earned “outstanding” partnership scores.” Each finalist decreased name-calling by ten percent and increased kind words and cooperation by ten percent. Pre and post impact is measured in independent program surveys. “Many of these national finalists scored two and three times the national program requirement level,” says Jim Balster, Director, National Museum of Patriotism. All winning school groups followed best practices for implementation effective character education programs.

The Kamaron® Institute KC3™ Positive Label Program encourages partnership and community outreach. These partner organizations included school transportation groups, parent and community organizations, After School Programs, staff development, and student assistance programs, like C.A.R.E. (children at risk in education).

Finalists now advance to the competition’s KC3™ Case Study phase. This step provides finalists the opportunity to showcase their best practices. “KC3™ Case Study results along with program statistics will be combined and reviewed by the national judging panel to determine national winner group,” says Nick Snider. National winners will be announced in May. They will be recognized locally and will be guests of honor at the program Award Gala and ribbon cutting event to be held on June 2, 2005. Group names will become a permanent part of the museum’s new Casey KC3™ Citizenship Exhibit.

2005 KC3 Finalists List

Braelinn Elementary

Peachtree City, GA

Partner Organization CARE    

East Fayette Elementary

Fayetteville, GA

Partner Organization CARE    

Kedron Elementary

Peachtree City, GA

Partner Organization - After School Program    

Burch Elementary

Tyrone GA

Partner Organizations - Transportation & After School     

Daniell Middle School

Marietta, GA

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.     

Kanoheda Elementary

Lawrenceville, GA

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.    

Simonton Elementary

Lawrenceville, GA

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.

Lawrenceville Elementary

Lawrenceville, GA

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.     

Lilburn Elementary

Lilburn, GA

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.     

Knight Elementary

Lilburn, GA

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.     

Winnwood Elementary

Kansas City, MO    

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.

West Englewood Elementary

Kansas City, MO    

Partner Organization - Transportation Dept.

King Springs Elementary

Smyrna, GA    

Partner Organization - Partner In Education

Evoline C. West Elementary

Fairburn, GA

Partner Organization - Partner in Education    

KC3™ Positive Label Program: KC3™ Positive Label Program, created by Margaret Ross in cooperation with students, drivers, educators, and other helping professionals, and offered through the Kamaron® Institute, is designed to teach children that words are powerful tools that can have either a positive or negative effect. KC3™ stands for Kamaron Concept Three, which states, "Labels Change Lives", and is the program motto. The heart of the program centers on the first of Ross’s three "Casey" books, "Casey and the Amazing, Giant, Green Shirt".

The National Museum of Patriotism (http://www.museumofpatriotism.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the history of patriotism. The Museum is a research center for exploring the development of patriotism through educational displays and exhibits. The Museum building is a 20,000 square foot structure in the heart of Atlanta. Within its walls echo the words and dreams of patriots throughout centuries. The National Museum of Patriotism is located at 1405 Spring Street and houses the Georgia Center for Character Education.

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