As indicated by “Character.org” Donald Steward Early Childhood Center School No. 51 was recognized as a 2016 National School of Character in May 2016. “National Schools of Character are schools, early childhood through high school that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate." The school principal, Mrs. Rodriguez as well the Assistant Superintendent Linda Seniszyn, teachers and parents were guests at this years’ award ceremony at Rider University, where they received a banner for their recognition as State School of Character and then presented with a plaque for their National award. School #51 aspires to lead by example as they serve as role models for other schools.