“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become your character. . .”
The Character Counts! Program is a national effort to increase character education by offering resources, training, and information about the Six Pillars of Character: TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, CARING, and CITIZENSHIP.
For the past seventeen years in Queen Anne’s County, character coaches have been visiting local classrooms to share lessons on the Commissioner proclaimed, “Pillar of the Month”.
The Character Counts! Program has consistently shown increases in student attendance, academic achievement, positive behavior choices and a more positive sense of self and future.
TRUSTWORTHINESS: Think "true blue". Be honest. Don't deceive, cheat, or steal. 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 community.
RESPECT: Treat others with respect. Follow the Golden Rule. Be tolerant and accepting of differeces. Use good manners, not bad language. Be condiderate of the feelings of others. Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone. Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
RESPONSIBILITY: Do what you're supposed to do. Plan ahead. Persevere; keep on trying! Do your best. Use self-control. Be self-disciplined. Think before you act - consider the consequences. Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes. Set a good example for others.
FAIRNESS: Play by the rules. Take turns and share. Be open-minded; listen to others. Don't take advantage of others. Don't blame others carelessly. Treat all people fairly.
CARING: Be kind. Be compassionate and show you care. Express gratitude. Forgive others. Help people in need. Be charitable.
CITIZENSHIP: Do your part to improve your school and community. Protect the environment. Cooperate. Get involved in the community. Stay informed. Vote. Be a good neighbor. Obey laws and rules. Respect authority. Volunteer.
We, the Character Counts! Advisory Council, envision a community where people of all ages practice the values of TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, CARING, AND CITIZENSHIP
Strengthen personal character traits
Build families with character
Build a more cohesive community
To help achieve these goals, character coaches spend 15 minutes each week in local classrooms, teaching students about the Six Pillars of Character
VOLUNTEERS are NEEDED as character coaches in the Queen Anne's County Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year!
Please consider reaching out to our children and youth, who are our greatest assets. Join our growing family of volunteers who make a positive impact on our community. They need YOU to be that caring resource to help them be all that they can be!