About our Year...
Monterrey Elementary School
Roswell, New Mexico
Character Counts! at Monterrey Elementary School...as it does throughout
Chaves County. Rita Hughes and Dianne Doan attended a three day training session in June
with Michael Josephson of the Josephson Institute as members of a group of 35 trainees
from agencies throughout the county. We were pleased at how well our Reading and Respect
philosophy, long in place, fits with Character Counts!
A few "blurbs" from our training:
"Character is how you act when you think no one is looking."
"Character is how you treat people who cannot help your or hurt you."
"A person of character...
*is a good person, someone to look up to and admire
*thinks right and does right - knows the difference between right and
wrong and always tries to do what is right
*sets a good example for everyone
*makes the world a better place."
"Character - Knowing the good, Loving the good, Doing the good."..Lickona
"We can expect the Pied Piper of popular culture to play his seductive tunes to
lead our children off in the wrong directions.
Condemning the Piper and throwing up our hands in helpless surrender is useless and
We owe our children more."
"To teach character one must believe in character. One must believe in the
inherent human potential to overcome all the forces that pull us away from basic moral
instincts and aspirations." ---Michael Josephson
"Where there's a will, there's a way. Where there's not, there's an alibi."
The six pillars of character each have a color coding to help remember them - so we'll
be building a "rainbow of character":
Trustworthiness - Blue
Respect - Gold
Responsibility - Green
Fairness - Orange
Caring - Red
Citizenship - Purple
The week of October 15-21 is Character Counts! week.
Contact Mrs. Dianne Doan,
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