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Character Recognition Awards
The Character Recognition Awards is an annual event celebrating the statewide achievements of schools and organizations building character strengths and ethical leadership skills in young people. Attendees include leaders from education, business, government and non-profit sectors as well as legislators, teachers and students. The event includes a luncheon and program celebrating the honorees. Awards presented include the Minnesota Schools/Districts of Character, Minnesota Promising Practices AwardsMinnesota Ethical Leadership Awards, and Champion of Character Award.
Character Recognition Awards Luncheon
May 20, 2020
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Garden City Ballroom
11 AM – 1 PM

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KEYNOTE – DARRELL THOMPSON Darrell-Thompson-headshot.png
Thompson serves as president of bolder options a comprehensive mentoring program serving at-risk youth in the Twin Cities and Rochester. He is often remembered as the leading rusher for the University of Minnesota Gophers and a first-round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers. You can hear Thompson on KFAN radio as one of the Gopher game day announcers. 

Sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity to honor the shaping of the next generation of leaders, promote positive community-oriented exposure, affiliate with a proven local nonprofit, and provide tax-deductible marketing. We welcome your sponsorship at one of the levels listed or another amount. Download the brochure to view sponsorship opportunities. 
For more information on the sponsorship for the 2020 event, please contact Barb at or 507-389-5112.

A sincere thank you to the 2020 Character Recognition Awards sponsors!

Respect Sponsor:

Honor Sponsor:
  • The Craighead Family Fund


Award Honorees with Plaque 
 “Character education is based on the deeply-rooted belief that in order to best educate our young people, we must acknowledge and impact the whole child. Our local, national and international community is in need not just of intelligent people, but of good people with strong moral compasses.” 
—Cara Quinn, Former Executive Director, Community of Peace Academy,Three-time Minnesota and National School of Character. 

“Synergy & Leadership Exchange makes us stop and think about why we are engaged in our work. It reminds us that the most important things we deliver and work on, are creating ethical leaders and being ethical leaders ourselves. It underscores the essence that character costs!” —Shelli-Kae Foster YES! Program Director, 2017 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award honoree

"Civic education is a cornerstone of what makes Minnesota so special. We have long been home to responsible ethical leaders and residents who engage in civic life and contribute to our communities. Support for quality character education will strengthen Minnesota for generations to come.” 
      — Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State


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