The Dracut Public Schools is a proud member of the Community of Caring character education family. Community of Caring is an evidence-based, nationally-recognized character education program that has been adopted by over 1,200 schools in 46 states nation-wide and in Canada. The headquarters of The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring is located at the University of Utah. In Dracut, all of our schools have adopted this program.
Community of Caring is built around five core values: CARING, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, TRUST, and FAMILY. These five values serve as a foundation and umbrella for school activities and initiatives. Conversations about the values are embedded within lessons and the life of each school. Each school will have a Community of Caring committee to help lead school wide projects; and each school has a lead coordinator, who works with the building principal to coordinate activities and support classroom teachers.
By developing schools as caring, respectful, responsible, trustworthy and family-oriented communities, we put children, teachers and school staff at the center of education as the values are weaved into every aspect of school life and the existing curriculum.
In Dracut we are building character as well as building minds.