Character Counts

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

This week is a time for all students to reflect on the character of their country. This is the fifth year the schools have taught the six pillars of character. Even if you aren't a Rockingham County student, it may be something you are more familiar with than you realize.

Kids at Elkton Elementary School are excited about Character Counts Week. Counselor Candy Martin says, "Everybody can be a part of this. There are no wrong answers. There's no test on it. It's just something you know and it makes up a better person because you can live the 6 pillars out."

So what are the six pillars of character? They are: Fairness, Caring, Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Respect, and Responsibility. Martin continues, "The 6 pillars. It's very concise. It's only 6 words. There aren't a lot of words and you can sort of umbrella a lot of things under. The 6 pillars are I think that's what they liked about it. You can incorporate character education in a simple easy to follow program."

Teachers say the program has had a positive impact on the kids, but their response should speak for itself. Student Molly Smith says, "If someone asked you to do drugs or something you could think about the character counts and what Miss Martin teaches you." 5th grader Jay Tarrels says, "I think it's important not to lie to anybody." Matthew Stemick also had something to say. He says, "It's probably one of my favorite subjects. I like the character counts. It's fun."

During the remainder of the week, kids will continue to celebrate "Character Counts" and talk about how they can be a better person in their community. Martin says, "Rockingham County Schools have had the program for four years and it's in all of the grade levels from kindergarten to 12th grade and Rockingham County Schools not only feels that it's important that all of our students learn academics, but that they are also comfortable and know the character counts pillars that they are well versed in that. We think that makes a better individual if they have all those pillars working for them."

The Kids for Character Chorus will be held this Thursday in Court Square at 6 p.m. Rockingham County Schools invites all of their students to attend.

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