In its October 2014 newsletter, the Uncommon Friends Foundation announced that it would be updating its Character Education Curriculum for 2015. A committee of teachers from Lee County will work with the Lee County School District’s support to rewrite the curriculum, which Uncommon Friends hopes to incorporate into every classroom in southwest Florida. The nonprofit has set a goal of making the new curriculum ready for implementation by January 2015.
Uncommon Friends believes that good character must be taught and that it forms an essential part of the groundwork of a prosperous society. The foundation’s curriculum offers lessons on honesty, friendship, cooperation, and perseverance for students starting in grade three and continuing through high school. The curriculum is currently based on lessons gleaned from a book written by James Newton titled Uncommon Friends. It meets Florida’s educational standards and can be adapted for those of other states, and educators who excel in using it are eligible for Uncommon Friends’ annual Character Education Teacher Award.