2019 Shore Update Winner
Come out and see us...
Shore Kids Connection - rescheduled for August 2020 - exact date TBA
The Senior Summit - originally scheduled for Friday, May 15th has been cancelled
Kent Island Days - originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16th has been cancelled
Queen Anne's County Fair - August 10th - 15th
WOW! Celebrating 20 years
Character Counts! will celebrate it's 20th Anniversary in the Fall of 2020. There have been more than 83 "Businesses of Character" participants and well over 1000 volunteer character coaches and mentors delivering lessons to the children through the years. Character Counts! has been successful in building great partnerships in the public school system, local businesses, county agencies, non-profits and throughout the community.
Energizer Bunny Award
A special award was presented at the February 5th, 2020 Board of Education meeting - Check this out... and Congratulations to Karey Anne Coppage!!
2019 Centreville Parade
We did it again... Character Counts was a 2019 Golden Anchor Winner - voted "An Organization that Makes Our Community a Better Place". Thank you to all who voted in this year's Shore Update Readers' Choice Awards.
2020 Character Counts!
Due to the current situation, the 2019-2020 Appreciation Dinner originally scheduled for April 30th has been postponed. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Character Counts! program and all of our Character Counts! Coaches and CommUNITY Mentors that do so much for the youth in QAC. Will keep you posted once we have a new date.
2020 Faye Lister
Teen of Character Scholarship
The 2020 Teen of Character Scholarship applications are in and the winner is... a senior from Kent Island High School, Grace Jennifer Riggs. The $500 scholarship is sponsored by the Centreville Rotary Club and recognizes a student that has demonstrated exceptional character in their school and community utilizing the Six Pillars of Character. Congratualtions Grace and best of luck to you as you move on to college.
It was a perfect night for a parade and we had so much fun at the 2019 Christmas parade
10 Years of Service
A great BIG Thank You to several of our coaches for being a part of Character Counts! for over 10 years now. These special Volunteers were recognized at the appreciation Dinner.
*Pictured from left to right - Mike Clark, Carolyn Walls, Lance Richardson, Rhonda Knotts (Not pictured - Rick Caporin)
Jacki Carter "Young People Who Care" Award
The Jacki Carter "Young People Who Care" Award is sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Council for Children and Youth and Community Partnerships for Children and Families. This is an award available for both Middle School and High School students that are interested in implementing a youth-led project that would have a positive impact on the community.
2019-2020 Character Counts!
"Coach of the Year"
It's the end of this 2019-2020 school year and we have an important announcement.... Congratulations to our newest Character Counts! Coach of the Year" Jay Kenty.
Jay has been with Character Counts! for a few years now and he continues to coach several classes at Matapeake Elementary School again this year. He was nominated by many teachers and the school principal too. He has continued with character messages to his teachers and students these last few months during this Covid 19 pandemic.
“When asked, “How are you?” his reply is always, “Shame on me if I complain.” His positive attitude is contagious and impacts everyone with whom he interacts.” They say “I look forward to his visits just as much as the students do. He goes above and beyond his duties as a Character Counts coach. His dedication is evident through the number of classes he visits, his assistance with our outdoor classroom, and overall familiar presence in our building. I whole-heartedly believe he deserves this award, and I am honored to work with him on a regular basis.” “Additionally, he brings a wealth of life experiences and knowledge that he freely shares with the students, demonstrating the real world application to the character concepts.” “He is awesome! - has a true gift with kids.” "He exemplifies the true meaning of good character “.
Thank you for being an amazing coach and a fantastic role model for so many kids.