Two Clear Creek ISD high schools receive national recognition for character development programs

Clear Lake High School basketball players and Clear Lake City Elementary students during a Character Court session. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
Clear Lake High School basketball players and Clear Lake City Elementary students during a Character Court session. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)

Clear Lake High School basketball players and Clear Lake City Elementary students during a Character Court session. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)

Two Clear Creek ISD high schools were among less than 200 across the United States to receive recognition from for their character development programs, the district announced in a June 15 news release.

Clear Brook and Clear Lake high schools received
2021 Promising Practice designations for “unique, effective and replicable initiatives that inspire ‘goodness in action’ and contribute to the field of character development,” per the district news release. Clear Lake was recognized for several of its campus programs, and Clear Brook received an award for their Art with Heart program.

Students at Clear Brook participate in Art with Heart to create and donate artwork to area hospitals, which is used to decorate patient rooms. The students’ efforts were particularly noteworthy due to the high number of hospitalizations amid the pandemic—especially when those hospitalized patients could not have visitors, Clear Brook Principal Sharon Lopez said in the release.

“This helped add a little brightness in their rooms,” she said in the release. “I am so excited for our students and teachers and grateful for the connection to our community.”

Clear Lake was recognized for four different programs, including Character Court, where the boys’ basketball team spent time conducting activities at elementary campuses. Other award-winning programs include student-led character seminars and a day-long character workshop known as Winter Wonderland, per the release.

“As we continue our character journey, to be recognized for programs that are part of the culture of Clear Lake by organizations not familiar with us is encouraging,” Principal David Drake said in the release. “We know what great things our community does, and to have others recognize what we do validates our journey.”

The campuses are two of 170 total recipients named by, a national advocate and leader for character in schools and communities. Recipients all had initiatives in place that align with one or more of the principles in's 11 Principles Framework, per the release. Both schools will be celebrated during’s 2021 Virtual National Forum in October.

The CCISD Students for Safety—which was initiated and led by Clear Lake students, per the release—were also honored in March for their work to advocate for safety and equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their collaborative efforts on the district’s Safely Reopen Plan guidelines earned them
statewide recognition from the Texas School Safety Center and its School Safety Spotlight Program.

Clear Lake’s Assistant Principal Elizabeth Raska also recently received an award from the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, per a district Facebook post.

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.



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