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Character Counts


The Six Character Pillars


Trustworthiness - A person of character lives with integrity; is honest, reliable, and loyal; keeps promises; has the moral courage to stand up for what is right even it’s hard to do; and does not cheat steal or lie.

Action: 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 – A person of character values all persons; respect the dignity, privacy, and freedom of others; is courteous and polite to all; is tolerant and accepting of differences; and doesn’t resort to insult or bad language.

Action: 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 A person of character meets the demands of duty; is accountable; pursues excellence; practices self-control; and doesn’t give up easily; especially when others are counting on him or hers.

Action: 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.


FairnessA person of character is fair, just, and impartial; plays by the rules; listens and is open to differing viewpoints; doesn’t seek to lay blame; and doesn’t take advantage of others.

Action: 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 – A person of character is caring, compassionate, kind, loving, forgiving, and considerate; thinks about how his or her behavior affects others; and does good without thought of reward.

Action: Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need.


Citizenship – A person of character is a good citizen; does his or her share, volunteers in the community; is a good neighbor, and respects the rules.

Action: 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.