NATIONAL FCE PROGRAM AWARD FORM

(Enlarge Award Form on Copy Machine)

 

(Kansas FCE Statistics Chart)

Character Counts Art and Essay Contest

(Character Counts
2003 NAFCE award winners for year 2002)

 

NAME OF PROGRAM

(See program lessons listed on pages 3-4 through 3-24)

(2003 NAFCE Display Critique)

 

FCL

page 3-5 thru 3-10

Educational Programs

page 3-11

Leadership Programs

page 3-11 thru 3-12

Action Programs

page 3-12 thru 3-13

Building Membership

page 3-19 and 3-20

International

page 3-21 thru 3-23

CHARACTER COUNTS!

page 3-14

CHARACTER COUNTS! Essay & Artwork Contest

page 3-15

Hearth Fire Series

page 3-13

 

 

 

Summary of work done in:  Year:  .   2002  .      State:  .   Kansas   .

 

 

 

 

Judy Fullmer State President Signature

 

 

 

 

Due Date:         Postmarked by April 15th of the following year.

 

Send one COPY to EACH National FCE Board Member listed on pages 1-2 and 1-3 with the exception of the Treasurer, Secretary and Program and Public Policy Coordinators from your Region.

 

Name of person submitting:

Beverly B. Johnson

Address:

4949 Shawnee Drive

City/State/Zip

Kansas City, KS 66106

Telephone

913/262-3658-h;   913/281-1133-w

Email

bjohnson@mwis.net

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Definitions

FCE:

Dues paying member

 

Others:

CES, Speaker, etc.

 

Hours volunteered:

Preparation time, travel time, presentation, follow-up (may include time for those taking workshop)

 

# Reached:

Number of people who attended lesson

 

Media:

Number reached through media coverage or circulation

 

List All National FCE

 

#

 

#

 

Presenters

Hours Volunteered

 

# Reached

$

Spent

 

Media

Programs Presented

 

Schools

Stu-dents

 

FCE

 

Others

 

FCE

 

Others

 

FCE

Non- Memb.

 

FCE

Circu-lation

Cloud Cnty

3 Units

3

63

3

1

45

2

5

3

50

2,500

Crawford Cnty

5 Units

4 of 10

47

5

4

24

5

42

621

25

28,000

Lawrence, Douglas Cnty

1

1

1

0

2

0

1

5

11

0

Edwards Cnty

4 Units

1

18

2

0

10

0

1

1

5

1,500

Greeley Cnty

2 Units

1

25

1

1

12

2

5

26

4

0

Jewell Cnty

1 Unit

1 of 3 consol.

9

1

1

20

1.5

50

100

9

36,000

Labette Cnty

9 Units

7

145

12

16

70

50

16

347

105

13,500

Linn Cnty

4 Units

5

78

5

10

27

10

31

88

200

2,600

Montgomery Cnty

7 Units

4

30

4

5

20

16

20

710

20

2,000

Berwick H.B. Nemaha Cnty

1

54

1

4

10

15

5

360

15

5,400

Pottawatomie Cnty: 7 Units

1

125

1

0

2

0

10

3

0

0

Stitch N Chatter;

Ford Cnty

1

64

20

27

157

143

20

540

100

20,000

Shawnee Cnty: 9 Units;

9 of 11

401

7

30

70

150

100

900

$30

64,000

Sheridan Cnty: 4 Units

1

27

1

0

15

4

2

29

0

3,000

TOTALS

40

1,087

  64

  99

 484

 399

 308

3,733

 574

178,500

(Add pages as needed)

revised 2002

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Describe the objective, action, results and evaluation of the above programs presented to FCE members and non-members.

 

2.      Goals and Objectives

A)  Why did you select this program?

1)      Instill a greater awareness of and understanding character-building traits, ethics and values, as exemplified by the “Six Pillars of Characters.”

2)      Provide opportunities to improve learning skills and communication of ideas through discussion, art, and writing.

3)      Increase awareness within the community of the value FCE provides.

4)      Generate discussion about the meaning of citizenship in the community, neighborhood, school, family and friendships.

5)      Stimulate thinking about individual, simple concepts of personal attitudes and behavior based on the rights and responsibilities, each for the other, upon which our nation was founded and which nurture and maintain a dynamic, equitable society.

6)      Help students define ethics, values, and how citizenship can affect them and others around them.

 

B)  What FCE program area was addressed?

Action in the community was initiated to:

1)   Provide education about the ‘Citizenship Pillar’ of Character Counts.

2)      Provide the foundation of values which ultimately impact a higher level of participation by citizens in the democratic process.

 

C)    What did you plan to do? (Use numbers to set a goal)

In 2001, 2 counties participated. We encouraged Kansas counties to present the Citizenship Pillar of Character Counts in 2002 through:

1)      Showing the video, Kids for Character – encouraged increased use of the video, with a goal of 100% of participating schools viewing the video.

2)      Sponsoring the Art & Essay Contest with the theme of Citizenship – hoped to have 50% (38) of our counties present the Contest.

3)      Collaborating with other schools, churches, and day-care centers – we hoped to increase the number of schools and students.


3.   Action

A)  What did members do in working with the program/project?

FCE members representing their counties or local FCE units participated in many ways to present the Citizenship Art & Essay contest in their local schools.

1)          They contacted school principals, teachers, and school boards. In one of the larger towns, the school secretary served as the liaison. One program was first presented to a group of parents as well as teachers. Some initial contacts were made by a committee of two or three, and other groups sent only one member to each school.

2)          In about one-third of the presentations, FCE members personally visited classrooms; in other cases, the lesson was presented to the students by teachers or counselors who had received materials and information from FCE members.

3)          FCE members in all cases collected donations to fund prizes ranging in value from candy bars, flag pins, and patriotic pencils for each student to art kits for a classroom drawing and a $50 Savings Bond for the 1st place winner. Several contests were provided with Mika for the 1st place winner and the pamphlet A Valuable Lesson for other winners and/or each classroom.

4)          FCE members did the judging, in one case of 401 posters (135 in 2001).

5)          One FCE prepared a window display of winning entries which was viewed at the bank for several weeks. Others made displays for state meetings and local shows.

6)          Announcements of the contest were published in most instances, and most of the results of the contests were published with photographs in the newspaper. One newspaper sent their staff photographer to the ceremony.

7)          In one county, local members attended a county presentation, and then applied what they learned to their communities to promote the Citizenship program locally.

8)          Several husbands were enlisted to help: one designed certificates for the students, and another constructed small stands to hold photographs for the unit displays.

9)          At least 4 schools showed the Kids for Character video.

10)          The schools provided paper and permission slips, students supplied pencil and ideas, and teachers were liaisons with parents.

11)          One FCE member gave a talk inspiring students to be good people and citizens. This was followed by a question and answer period for students, with questions asked about behavior and citizenship.

      B)  What other organizations, groups, agencies, etc. were involved?

All programs required collaborations with local schools and/or school boards. Husbands of FCE members assisted in small, but important ways.

      C)  What public policy actions were used?

1.   All, or nearly all, groups related success in having preannouncements made in their local newspapers, sometimes with significant cooperation from their news media.

2.   Nearly all of the groups reported news coverage of the results and often photographs of the winners. Several newspapers sent their staff photographers.

3.   Berwick Home Benefit (Nemaha County) followed this lesson with the NAFCE lesson, Whooo Me? and talked about how to make a difference in their community through public policy.


4.      Results

A)  How well did the program/project succeed (Use numbers in results.)

1)   Compared to the two counties which presented the Art and Essay Contest in 2001, we were extremely pleased with the increased participation this year. As you will see on the chart under Page 1B where columns were added to reflect the number of schools and children, we felt the increase was huge. The total number of schools this year was forty, the total number of children participating was 1,087. In many schools, following the initial presentation by FCE members to teacher and/or principal, it is the teachers or school counselors who frequently make the presentations to the students. This year, a number of FCE members made the complete presentation in the classroom to students. One contest winner became 3rd place winner in the National contest.

2)      We don’t know how many times the Kids for Character video was used in 2001, but in 2002 at least 4 counties presented it in some or all of their schools, in addition to the Art and Essay Contest.

B)     How many local, county, district FCE Associations participated?

1)      Since we didn’t request reports from each local unit, we are reporting on the chart Page 1B the number of units which were represented by each county. In several instances, it is clear that one FCE member encouraged one student in one school to participate. But in most of the counties, we have substantiated that all or most of the local units collaborated in their own communities to make up the County Project. One of the schools is in a consolidated school district, where there is one school with a relatively small student population—reflective of the changing demographics of our rural communities. In several cases, only one local unit presented the program, with that local name listed on the chart along with its county.

14 of the 76 Kansas counties with FCEs (18%) presented the Art & Essay Contest. These represented all five of our Areas.

C)    What resulted from any public policy actions?

1)      No specific results were noted as public policy, but nearly all of the contests received pre-announcements in the local newspaper, followed by results with photographs. Certainly many in the community had reason to think about what citizenship means.

D)    What was the impact and scope of the project?

1)      Several of the programs included displays in local public places. The nice display by Jewell County was brought to several state meetings, influencing many in attendance to consider presenting the program in their communities.

2)      Many locals and counties reported that students who did not participate with the rest of their class regretted that after attending the awards ceremonies. They expressed a desire to participate next year. In those communities where not all schools participated, others said they would like to be included next year.

3)      Most of the County representatives indicated their desire to include more schools in their communities next year and to make a stronger effort to include the video.

4)      We didn’t include numbers for parents reached by the program, but there would have been other teachers in the schools and approximately two adults for every student participant who also learned more about FCE and about Citizenship.


5.      Evaluation

A)    Did you reach your goal? (Use numbers to compare results with goal.)

1)      We did not reach the 50% increase goal set for Counties participating, and only four units reported using the video. However, 18% of our counties participated in 2002 and we believe the 4 minimum uses of the video was much more than in 2001. Many more counties (14 vs. 2) and local units presented the program, and they reached a much larger number of schools and students than previously.

2)      Most of the news articles were written by FCE members and in many instances they supplied photographs to the newspapers. Only one report indicated a staff photographer had been sent to the awards.

3)      In 2002, Kansas FCE had 2777 members (including 550 seniors and 23 family units with 47 members) in 288 FCE clubs and 76 counties. Kansas FCE leadership has already started contacting units with encouragement to add more schools where some have participated and asking other Counties to follow the magnificent lead set in 2002.

 

B)     Would you change the plan or the actions?

1)      In those cases where only one member and/or one student participated, it would be wonderful if the program would be expanded next year.

2)      Some members have expressed appreciation that the time period for the contest has been lengthened for next year.

3)      In some cases, FCE members have written letters to the schools in the spring at the end of the school year reminding teachers of their desire to present the program again the following fall. This is a good idea and makes it easier for the teachers and more likely to be included in the fall schedule.

4)      The display shown at state and area meetings was an excellent marketing tool for the other counties and local units to light the spark of enthusiasm for the program.

 

C)    How?

1)      We would hope to have one or more displays brought to state and area meetings to promote the program to other FCE counties and local groups.

2)      Kansas FCE is working toward displaying more of the good reports and sharing the successes of local units as an incentive to the rest.

3)      We hope to make use of our website to more clearly and graphically present to members what a good report consists of, what it looks like, and how to match reporting with requests for information.

4)      We are trying to put more of our instructions and guidelines into writing to minimize confusion even among those who make the rules.

5)      We have realized the value of making specific requests for information related to national lessons.

6)      It would be nice if units would tie their Family ChoicE-TV program in with this program as public policy relative to character building. They would need to plan ahead and start that campaign at the end of the year instead of waiting until the spring. They would still turn in their petitions and promote Family ChoicE-TV in April as usual.

 


6.      Summarize work on program in 100 words. Include photo of display.

Jewell County’s inspiring display and Shawnee County’s far exceeding their goal have set the pace for Kansas FCE. As I talked with local leaders, it was apparent that these programs made a strong impact on members, who received great personal rewards from sharing conversation about character with students. Current events have heightened our interest in promoting good citizenship and contemplating those aspects of personal citizenship that impact the quality of life in the larger community. KAFCE planted seeds of Good Citizenship in children, where they can grow into the great ideas of men and women who make great choices.

                                               

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NAFCE 2003 Character Counts Program Award Winners for 2002 activities (Critique by NAFCE EPC)

Arizona - 3rd Place - Education
Targeted an underserved population, presented to 2,960 preschool to 12th grade students. A $500 state grant aided them in working with ten community partners to train youth in using the Six Pillars to deal with potential alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, drug use, bullying and violence.

Maryland - 2nd Place - Leadership
Did not reach their leadership goal of inspiring and guiding a 50% increase in student participation. They surpassed that and achieved a 500% increase! Members also used leadership skills going to Capitol hill to discuss federal funding for Character Counts.

Mississippi - 3rd Place - Leadership
Members reached 1,000 youth, adults and families with FCE programs and projects. Members worked in already-established networks and reached out to new connections to lead by involving others and working alongside them.

Kansas - 2nd Place - Action
The seeds of good citizenship were planted through the citizenship lesson to 14 counties, 40 schools and 1,087 children. The children, their parents and citizens in the communities learned that citizenship means action to make successful communities.

Missouri - 3rd Place - Action
Child Advocacy Day means public policy in action for Missouri members. They have increased their impact each year. In 2002, members from 47 clubs made 289 dolls for th 200 Missouri legislators they visited at the state capitol. The dolls made a visual statement in advocating for positive legislation for children.

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A guide for 2003 presentations for NAFCE Awards 2004: Critique of the Report above by NAFCE

2003 National FCE Program Award Entry
(Refer to pages 4-2 to 4-6 of the National FCE Handbook)

Judging Comments and Suggestions for Improvement

State: Kansas
Program Award Category: Action

Cover and page 1:

Did the units named on report form ALL participate in this project?

  Did not list FCE programs, listed counties/units.
(BJ comment: we hadn't requested a report for national lessons given by units)
Page 3 Goals & Objectives: Use numbers rather than prcentages, they give a better picture
Very high goals, but not a clear plan of action.
(BJ comment: A clear plan of action would probably need to come from the state EPC, to then be carried out by the Counties and units)
Page 4 Action: Good publicity and cooperation with schools.
Lots of members involved and good press coverage
Lots of planning evident
(BJ comments: Without state leadership this would be hard to answer in a way that would relate to statewide involvement, but I think it could be done.)
Page 5 Results:

Unclear results, need more numbers.
Did KAFCE follow up enough? Did KAFCE get credit with the schools, communities?
Good statewide effort.
Good participation by members
(BJ comments: Again, we see that their awards are more geared to a project that is decided on at the state level, like our current 'County' projects. The state PR Chair and EPC would be working on statewide publicity. KAFCE would be receiving publicity as well as the local/county entities. It would be clear that the local efforts were a part of the statewide effort.)

Page 6 Evaluation:

Always compare numbers set in Goals and Objectives to numbers achieved in Results to Evaluate the project
Nicely done.
Good suggestion to tie in Family ChoicE-TV with public policy
(BJ comment: Since ChoicE-TV was mentioned, it would be good to include this another year.)

Page 7 Summary/Photo: Too busy, too many words. Use more pictures to tell the story.
Needs more 'white space'.
Left panel would be better as the center panel. Like blue background.
Remove some text.
General Comments: A great program that has grown with FCE nourishment. Excellent promotion of Essay and Art Contest / Citizenship.

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