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The Six Pillars of Character!

(Taken directly from: http://charactercounts.org/sixpillars.html)

South Lewis Central School has adopted a new program called Character Counts as our new Character Education curriculum. At the elementary level, classroom guidance will focus specifically on the six character traits outlined by the program. Students will be engaged in a variety of interactive and thought-provoking activities through-out the school year in hopes that building strong character continues to be an important theme in our schools and communities.

Pillars
Trustworthiness

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 country

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always 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

Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

For more information about the Character Counts Initiative, please visit: http://charactercounts.org/

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