CHARACTER COUNTS! is based on the six pillars of character, universal traits that help lay a strong ethical foundation. We invite you to celebrate a pillar each day. Incorporate the concepts into your work day, in the classroom, in the community, in the playground, and at home.
Be honest • Don’t cheat • 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 country
Follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant • Accept differences • Use good manners • Be considerate of others • Don’t threaten anyone • Deal peacefully with disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere • Do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act • Be accountable for your words • Set a good example
Play by the rules • Listen to others • Take turns and share • Be open-minded • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame carelessly • Treat everyone fairly
Be kind • Be compassionate • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help those in need
Make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved • Stay informed • Vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer