Schools, organizations, and communities across the U.S. and around the world come up with plenty of creative ways to celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! Week 2012 (Oct. 21-27). We want to hear more of your stories. Please post a comment below to let us know what you did for the big Week and how it went.
Here’s a sampling from reports across the country:
CALIFORNIA: Newspapers recognize students for good character. Each day during CC! Week the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance Register newspapers in central California highlighted students in the community who have best exemplified the Six Pillars of Character. A committee of educators selected the winners. (Separately, representatives from the CC! National Office in Los Angeles visited local schools and organizations during CC! Week. Read their report.)
FLORIDA: Young people help homeless in West Palm Beach. Students at Baldwin Prep School in North Palm Beach assembled bags filled with toiletries and donated them to a homeless shelter in West Palm Beach. Over in Martin County, the local United Way celebrated its community-wide CHARACTER COUNTS! program’s 17-year anniversary. The county’s schools and youth-service organizations celebrated the week with a variety of activities. Read all about it here.
IOWA: Fort Dodge pays it forward. The community’s public agencies came together to promote CHARACTER COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character with the “Pay it Forward” program. The program benefits families in need in the community.
OHIO: Maysville Elementary holds food drive. Maysville Elementary got a head start and celebrated CC! Week in September. Activities throughout the week included an assembly, a Character Balloon Launch, and a food drive that brought in 2,700 items for the annual Holiday Helping Hands program. McDonald’s sponsored free lunches for the intermediate and primary classes that collected the most cans.
WISCONSIN: Boys and Girls Clubs clean house in Beloit. The Stateline Boys and Girls Clubs celebrated the Week at their after-school program sites with lessons about the Six Pillars of Character. Then, to put the words into action, staff members and young people volunteered in a clean-up project at Neighborhood Housing of Beloit.
How about you? Please share your CC! Week news in a comment below. Thanks!