How Did You Celebrate CC! Week 2012?

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:

CALIFORNIANewspapers 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.

IOWAFort 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.

MARYLANDGaithersburg celebrates its role models. Students took part in an essay contest on “Adult Heroes in Our Community.” View the winning essays here.

OHIOMaysville 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.

Be sure to email us your photos so we can post them on our Flickr page.

How about you? Please share your CC! Week news in a comment below. Thanks!

4 replies
  1. Crystal Sparks
    Crystal Sparks says:

    I would have loved to be part of this with my tween. Only 1 problem: we just received a badly copied 2 said adult homework assignment about it, I saw it on the school calendar from a week or 2 ago? I had no idea what it was, never say anything come home to explain it, nor did my child even know what it was. So, I am now doing the Color the World sheet. I went to your site to see what it was about. But I do wish we’d have gotten this during red ribbon week. My child’s a 6th grader: is this the first year for this? I’m honestly confused, but I know how my questions will come across if I approach the teachers. I tried that this a.m., and was greeted with a sarcastic just write something good down about your child. There went some pillars for her! But, it seems to be a wonderful concept!

    Thank you,
    Crystal Sparks

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  2. Martha S. Horn
    Martha S. Horn says:

    Firat Grade at Greenville Elementary Celebrated Character Counts by sending a plastic tub full of items for kids in Nicaragua by Dr. Holt who was head of a medical team that went there to provide health care for Nicaraguan children.

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  3. niki bhatia
    niki bhatia says:

    I wish there had been something like this is in our school. I have several blog of interest on my site. read “Hey You brown Lady!” “Sorry, It’s Our School POlicy” and “Origins of Pink and Blue”
    I am the author of Pink as Just a Color and so is Blue. My son is the inspiration of the book and I want to tell the world that we need to break away from gender stereotypes and let our kids be kids. If we become more open minded and tolerant, our ideals will permeate into our children will too. Children who are accepting and tolerant are ones less likely to bully and harrass.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Just-Color-So-Blue/dp/1469902176/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351352420&sr=8-1&keywords=pink+is+just+a+color+and+so+is+blue

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  4. Calahan
    Calahan says:

    Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your website by accident, and I’m surprised why this coincidence did not took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

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