Character Education: Pillars of CharacterEach month we study a different character trait. Below is a list of the different traits for each month.September & October: TrustworthinessHow To Be Trustworthy:
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 countryShinrai (derived from the Japanese for “trust”) is the CAMEL who always keeps her promises, always does what she says she’ll do and is loyal, honest and punctual.November & December: RespectHow To Be Respectful:
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
Austus, (derived from the Estonian word for “respect”) is the LION that believes that respect is one of the highest qualities one can have - for nature, for others and for oneself.January: ResponsibilityHow To Be Responsible:This trait includes showing self-control, accountability for our actions, and the pursuit of excellence. When we are responsible we should carefully consider the consequences of our choices before we make them.
Ansvar The Elephant (derived from the Norwegian word for “responsible”) wears colorful ribbon ties around his trunk and tail to help him remember his responsibilities.February: FairnessHow To Be Fair: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 fairlyGuisto (derived from the Italian for “fair”) is the GIRAFFE who always tries to do what’s right. Guisto uses his long neck to see all sides of any issue and has a gentle way of helping others do the same.March: CaringHow To Be Caring:
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in needKarina (derived from the Spanish word for caring) is the KANGAROO who has a seemingly endless supply of things inside her pouch, including a special box of little hearts for children she meets on her travels.April & May: CitizenshipHow To Be A Good Citizen: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 environmentKupa (derived from the Hawaiian word for “citizen”) is the BEAR who considers herself a citizen of the world. A philosopher and poet, she believes that we are all part of the same family and must do our share to help each other.June: Culmination of all traitsFor more information visit: www.charactercounts.org