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CANandaigua means CAN-do to school administrators

Administrators from Canandaigua schools are taking their can-do attitudes into the streets to reinforce their community partnership and spread the word about enhanced character education.

Superintendent Jamie Farr Wednesday sent out several teams of two, armed with 150 new “Proud Partner” posters capitalizing the first three letters of CANandaigua, to visit businesses and ask owners if they would post them in their windows.

“We’re creating a culture of CAN,” he said. “We can do all those things we talk about, but we can’t do it alone. We need to do it with these community partners.”

The posters are a way for businesses to show they are a “Proud Partner” of the Canandaigua City School District, noting “Together, we CANandaigua,” and list the traits of building character.

Character education — emphasizing respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness, effort and healthy choices — is not new to the district, but it has been fine-tuned this year to be more age-appropriate to all students in the district.

Farr explained the character traits have been enhanced to be more relevant to older kids in the middle and high schools and show how the basic concepts better reflect that more mature individual. For instance, respect no longer stands alone, it is now connected with how it leads to civility, and responsibility is connected with how it leads to accountability, and so on.

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