Sage to Host 11th Annual Champions of Character Awards Banquet

April 7, 2014 at 1:28 pm

TROY, NY – The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges is pleased to host the 11th annual Champions of Character awards banquet. The event will be held at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy on April 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  

This year, seven New York state schools will receive School of Character awards including West Sand Lake Elementary (Averill Park CSD) and Harrison Avenue School (South Glens Falls CSD). Emerging schools of character will also be honored and students, educators, community and business leaders will receive recognition for their contributions to the community. Retired SUNY Albany football coach Bob Ford is among those being honored.

This event will be hosted by honorary chairs Assemblyman John T. McDonald III and Capital Region BOCES superintendent of schools Dr. Charles Dedrick. Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, Cohoes Mayor George Primeau, and Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin will also be in attendance.


The Academy for Character Education, which operates within the Esteves School of Education, was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum, the Academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government.

The Academy provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students, and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.