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CHARACTER COUNTS!
CHARACTER COUNTS!®

Representative teachers, administrators, parents, Board members, and community members from all sites throughout the district participated in three full days of CHARACTER COUNTS!® training. Based on the overwhelming positive response for all participants, our Board adopted CHARACTER COUNTS!® as the character education framework for our district.

The CHARACTER COUNTS!® approach to character education includes everyone, and is based on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased.




Trustworthiness

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country


 

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
 

 

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others



Fairness

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly




Caring

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need




Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

 


The Six Pillars of Character are ethical values to guide our choices. The standards of conduct that arise out of those values constitute the ground rules of ethics, and therefore of ethical decision-making.

CHARACTER COUNTS!® continues to have a positive impact with students and adults. For more information go to www.charactercounts.org