Educating another Generation with Core Values

On March 4, 2015, IGE’s President and CEO, Anthony J. Gray, will be making a presentation to the forty members of the Heartland Education Community, Inc., which is comprised of parents, educators, students, business leaders, service organization reps, and city government officials. The Steering Committee meets 6 to 8 times per year to address school and community education issues. This comprehensive presentation will cover topics ranging from the basic mission of IGE, to the connection between Heartland and IGE, to how IGE’s training can help organizations adjust to the shifting, complex demands of our changing world.

“The Institute was one of Heartland’s original consortium members and has been a resource for the organization for almost twenty-five years,” Gray said. “Heartland is committed to fostering the sort of community stewardship promoted by IGE. The fundamental principles they are working toward are the same ones we are: working together to foster a better world through critical thought.”

Heartland Education Community, Inc. is dedicated to creating a vibrant, community-based learning ethic among the residents of Orrville, Ohio and the surrounding area. Nominated as a finalist for the 2013 National District of Character, the Orrville School District reflects the effectiveness of Heartland’s philosophy of education, which focuses on a set of fundamental principles they call the Five C’s: Community, Connecting learning to life, Critical thinking, Character development, and Continuous improvement.

“Our character education initiatives were designed through hosting a series of Ethical Fitness® Seminars to reinforce the efforts of parents, the church, and the school,” said Maribeth Burns, Vice President of Corporate Communications at The J.M. Smucker Company and Heartland’s Steering Committee chairperson. “More than 20 years after we launched our initiative with the help of the Institute our committee is eager to hear Mr. Gray speak. Together, it is our hope that we are able to educate another generation using core values generated by this initiative.”

Heartland relies on volunteers to operate, representing a broad cross-section of the Orrville residents, and, besides its contributions to education and ethics, has generated over $1.1 million dollars in grant funds for the Orrville community at large.

About IGE: Founded in 1990 with offices in New York City, Camden, Maine and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin the Institute for Global Ethics in is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context (

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