Governor Dayton Proclaims May 10 Character Recognition Day

Schools and Community Programs to be Celebrated for Character Development
WHAT: Synergy & Leadership Exchange will host the Character Recognition Awards ceremony to honor positive character development in six schools and four community programs. 
WHO: Synergy & Leadership Exchange
6 schools, 4 community programs (see list below)
Stevie Ray
Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State
Fred Kiel, Ph.D., Author of “Return on Character” and founding partner of KRW International
Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner, MN Department of Education 
All state legislators of honorees have been invited
WHERE: Discovery Hall, Science Museum of Minnesota
WHAT: Character Recognition Awards ceremony
WHEN: May 10, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Governor Dayton proclaimed May 10 as Character Recognition Day in Minnesota. The Character Recognition Awards spotlight positive character and ethical leadership development as a measure of success, bring recognition to schools and community programs with exemplary results, motivate honorees for continued effort and success, and inspire others with examples to replicate. Secretary Simon will present the Character Recognition Day proclamation and Fred Kiel will deliver the keynote address. The 2018 honorees are:
Emerging Minnesota School of Character: 
Cottage Grove Middle School – Cottage Grove
Minnesota Promising Practices Award:
Coon Rapids High School – Coon Rapids
Lakes International Language Academy – Forest Lake
Northfield Area Learning Center – Northfield
North Star Academy – Duluth
Raleigh Academy – Duluth
Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award:
Community Outreach Program, Inner City Tennis – Minneapolis
Minnesota Future Problem Solving Program – Brownsville
Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government – Minneapolis
Youth Performance Company – Minneapolis
Synergy & Leadership Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration to advance the development of ethical citizens, providing educational resources, and celebrating achievement and best practices in Minnesota schools, businesses and communities. For more information about the Character Recognition Awards visit