August 23, 2013

Character Counts

Students at Lexington Middle School reviewed the CHARACTER COUNTS approach to character education during the first week of classes.  A student at the 8th grade level mentioned they "learned how to be a leader and stand up for peers being bullied."  A 7th grade student said they "will continue to be respectful and honest."  A 6th grader claimed, "there are many ways to be respectful and responsible in and out of school." 

The six traits of CHARACTER COUNTS include the following:

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

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