Participate in the Character Matters Student Essay Contest

Why does character matter? If you’re a teacher, ask your students that question and tell them to deliver their answers in the form of a cogent, insightful and all-around inspiring essay. Then submit the best ones as entries in the 19th annual Character Matters Student Essay Contest. To help unleash your students’ creative juices, you might lead […]


It’s National School Counseling Week!

Have you thanked a school counselor this week? The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has set aside February 2-6 this year as National School Counseling Week. The idea is to create awareness of the services that school counselors provide to your school family. Here’s how the ASCA website puts it: National School Counseling Week 2015, “Celebrate School […]


Take the Great Kindness Challenge: January 26-30

We challenge you to test your kindness quotient! How? Just dedicate yourself to performing as many acts of kindness as possible during the week of January 26-30. It’s the Great Kindness Challenge, which schools across the country are celebrating by rallying students and educators to help others. The Kids for Peace website makes it easy by […]


Show the White House Your Character(s)

It’s the second annual White House Student Film Festival! And it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. This year’s theme — The Impact of Giving Back — is perfect for your CHARACTER COUNTS! program. The White House says it’s looking for videos that “tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a […]

The Best Things In Life Are Not Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

[This post comes to us from one of our favorite educators and authors: Barbara Gruener, a counselor and character coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas. Check out her blog, The Corner on Character, and order her new book, What’s Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind, in our online store.] A song that comes to […]