Three schools in the Tuscaloosa City Schools system earned exclusive national honors when they were named among the 52 U.S. schools distinguished as a "2022 National School of Character" last week.

According to a release from a spokesperson for Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Elementary, Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Middle and Westlawn Middle were selected for the national distinction after receiving the “2022 State School of Character” designation earlier this year.

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According to the release, "the designation is meant to recognize schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development."

The schools celebrated the designations on May 19. Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Elementary students paraded throughout the school with parents and teachers cheering them on.

“This award means true partnership in the growth of our children academically, socially, and emotionally," TMS-E principal Preeti Nichani said in the release. "TMS-E recognizes how critical it is that family, school, and community work together to implement a set of common goals and shared values to communicate to our kiddos the importance of living a life of character.”

Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle students were informed of the news at their annual Honors Day awards ceremony and Westlawn middle students celebrated over popsicles.

"I am beyond thrilled to have received this designation. While it’s not about the recognition itself, it is a true testament of the work that is being done at Westlawn,” Dr. Darlene Atkins, the principal of Westland Middle School, said.

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