Next month, a school district here in Minnesota will be honored in Washington D.C. for its unique approach to education. Orono’s school district is one of three in the country to be named one of the National Schools of Character. It’s the first public school district in Minnesota to get the award. The character-focused education program was implemented several years ago. Since then, school leaders have seen the number of referrals, detentions and suspensions drop by two-thirds.