CC! in the News: CC! Week Roundup


El Dorado Middle School Students
Students at El Dorado Middle School hold up their Six-Pillar paper chains. Photo by Laura Hoffman/El Dorado Times.


Click on the links to read the articles from local newspapers and websites about National CC! Week 2010 festivities around the country!

Albertville, AL: In Albertville, kindergarteners, elementary, and middle school students all celebrated CC! Week, and the mayor proclaimed CC! Week in Albertville.

Bartlett, IL: The CC! Coalition gathered donations for local food banks and presented the “People of the Pillars” award to one exemplary citizen. The Bartlett Public Library began hosting The Long Road to Victory, a play depicting the lives of women who led the women’s suffrage movement.

Birmingham, AL: The A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club and the Birmingham Council of PTA celebrated with a “Family FUNdamentals Day,” a day of parent-involvement workshops, games, and movies; and the Birmingham News published a CC! Week editorial by Michael Josephson.

Coolidge, AZ: Students at West Elementary celebrated with a door-decorating contest and an assembly on responsibility.

El Dorado, KS: El Dorado Middle School students dressed in six pillar colors and made a paper chain around the whole school (and starred in the great photo above).

Estherville, IA: Students at Estherville Lincoln Central picked up garbage, cleared leaves, pulled weeds, and cleaned windows at their school.

Fort Collins, CO: CC! Week isn’t just for K-12. Colorado State University celebrated by focusing on academic integrity and hosting workshops about avoiding plagiarism.

Glenview, IL: The Glenview Village Board honored the winners of the 15th annual Character Counts! Poster Contest. Winners from 3 different age groups were selected from nearly 2,000 entries. Check out the winners here!

Iowa City, IA: As part of CC! Week, University of Iowa football players and dance team members spoke to students at Regina Elementary School about each of the Six Pillars.

New Tripoli, PA: The city of New Tripoli celebrated CC! Week by hosting a seminar called “Communities Building Kids of Character.”

San Ramon, CA: The city of San Ramon dedicated its new Six Pillars Park to honor its Police Department on Saturday. The three-acre park has six 12-foot stone pillars engraved with each of the Six Pillars.

Sioux City, IA: The Mayor’s Youth Commission kicked off CC! and Red Ribbon week by recognizing students of character and hosting an evening of carnival games.

West Des Moines, IA:  Character Counts in Iowa hosted the annual Iowa Character Awards ceremony. One focus of CC! Week in Iowa this year was online civility.

Westlake Village, CA: Westlake Hills Elementary held a school-wide essay contest on “What Character Means to Me,” and they celebrated Red Ribbon Week in conjunction with CC! Week.

Yankton, SD: Also celebrating CC! Week with Red Ribbon Week, Yankton Middle and Yankton Elementary School are having poster and coloring contests. Employees at the local Wal-Mart are wearing Pillar colors all week, and red ribbons are tied all over town.

Thanks to everyone who participated in National CC! Week!

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CC! Week: What’s happening?

CC! Week 2009This year National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week will be celebrated by nearly 8 million kids in 52 countries.

There will be parades, themed dress days, T-shirt design contests, writing contests, classroom-door decorating contests, all kinds of parental involvement, CC! assemblies, Role Models of the Day, Pillars of the Day, art projects, class mentoring, surprise guests, and several versions of Celebration Friday.

In Albertville, Alabama, the students at Albertville Primary School will “Stay on Track with Good Character” as they walk and run laps on the track during P.E. class. For each lap they complete, students will get a colored bead representing one of the Six Pillars of Character.

In Cave Creek, Arizona, students at Horseshoe Elementary will demonstrate trustworthiness, caring, responsibility, and citizenship as they work together to groom horses.

In Queen Creek, Arizona, the Leading Edge Academy is having a Lee National Denim Day to raise money to help fight women’s cancers. They’re also practicing good citizenship by hosting a Food Drive for the United Food Bank.


In Atlanta, Georgia, the Warren/Holyfield Boys and Girls Club will practice caring and good citizenship by visiting a neighborhood nursing home to adopt grandparents and play games.

In Iowa, the whole city of Fort Dodge is participating in a Pay It Forward program. Based on Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book about a boy’s attempt to improve the world by paying a favor forward, the Trinity Regional Medical Center is challenging everyone in town to pay it forward.

West Middle School during CC! Week 2009


If you haven’t done so already, register now to get great ideas from the CC! National Office, like Daily Character Ideas, which offers a good deed for kids to do every day of the week.

What are you doing for CC! Week?

Add a comment below and share your great ideas!

You can also email us your CC! Week pictures at (And please tell us as much as you can about what’s going on in the pictures!)