CHARACTER COUNTS!® Announces CHARACTER COUNTS! Week Oct 16 – 22

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CHARACTER COUNTS!®, America’s largest and most comprehensive and effective youth development program, announces CHARACTER COUNTS! Week October 16-22, 2016.

CHARACTER COUNTS!®, America’s largest and most comprehensive and effective youth development program, announces CHARACTER COUNTS! Week October 16-22, 2016. Since 1993, CHARACTER COUNTS! Week has been held during the third week of October to celebrate the CHARACTER COUNTS!® program, which teaches students ethical decision-making skills based on its Six Pillars – Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

In addition, the President of the United States, U.S. Senate, state governors and other officials across the nation proclaim the third week in October CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are sponsoring the 2016 Senate resolution. The 2016 resolution can be accessed at https://charactercounts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/BILLS-114sres567ats.pdf. Senator Chuck Grassley has endorsed the program because he has seen it work firsthand and says “lessons learned at home and in the classroom help kids grow into responsible young adults and good citizens.”

CHARACTER COUNTS® integrates academic competency, social emotional growth, character development and positive school climate, including school safety and anti-bullying strategies. Together, they create the four wheels of success.

“CHARACTER COUNTS Week was created to give people of all ages, but especially students, an opportunity to celebrate the characteristics of the six pillars and what they represent,” said Jeff McMurdy, Director of CHARACTER COUNTS!®. Students, teachers, parents and communities annually celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! Week with a multitude of events and activities.

Examples have included:

  • Second grade students write essays highlighting famous women in history that represent one of the six pillars.
  • High school students visit elementary school students to teach them character values.
  • In an elementary school, one fifth grade classroom creates a mural of a world where character counts and another fifth grade classroom creates a mural of a world without character.
  • A community celebrates the pillar of citizenship by recognizing veterans.

The organization has created a special resource page for CHARACTER COUNTS! Week located at https://charactercounts.org/cc-week-registration/

About CHARACTER COUNTS! ®
CHARACTER COUNTS! ® is the most popular and widely used character education program in America. For almost 25 years, thousands of schools have annually used the lessons taught in the “Six Pillars of Character” to improve school climate. The program integrates with any classroom curriculum to enable the school to create a common language using the six pillars that becomes part of the DNA of the school. This creates an environment that also improves student behavior and helps kids become better adults. For more information, visit https://charactercounts.org

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