CHARACTER COUNTS! ®

March is Caring

What does it mean to care?

Taking interest in someone or something they are doing, shows you care about them Having a caring attitude is showing someone you care and have compassion. 

How can you show you care? There is no gesture too small. Something that may seem insignificant to you, like saying hello, can have a major impact on the life of another. A caring gesture, at the right moment, regardless of how simple, will seem like a gift to the recipient. In return, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing you have made a difference to someone else. 

Humble yourself: Don’t brag about your own accomplishments, ask about someone else’s. It will show that you’re interested and that you care. Always find an opportunity to help someone else. 

Listen: Sometimes just listen, other people have problems too. It’s good to give them feedback after listening and tell them how their problem might be solved. 

Have sympathy: If someone is pouring their heart out, they will want someone sympathetic to support and comfort them. Ask them what you can do to help them in their time of need. 

Love yourself: In order to be caring to others you must be caring to yourself. Once you have yourself taken care of, you are better able to care for others. 

Work on your confidence: When you feel better about yourself, you will be more open toward others. 

Have Empathy: Imagine how you would feel in someown elses shoes. See the situation from their point of view. There are two sides to every story, and seeing both gives you a better understanding. 

Smile: Smiling tells people that you are a friendly person. Face problems in a happy, joyful way and always be kind.

When you think Fairness:

  • Think - Red as a heart 
  • Be compassionate and show you care 
  • Express gratitude 
  • Forgive others 
  • Help people in need 
  • Be kind 

Quotes 

Kindness is the language with which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain  

The best portion of a good person's life is the little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. - Anonymous 

We can do no great things–only small things with great love. - Mother Teresa 

Monthly Character Focus:

  • November – Trustworthiness 
  • December – Respect 
  • January – Responsibility
  • February – Fairness 
  • March – Caring
  • April – Citizenship
  • May – Ethical Decision Making

Daily Pillar Focus

Not only do we focus on the trait of the month, but we also celebrate character every day:

  • Monday – Trustworthiness
  • Tuesday – Respect
  • Wednesday – Responsibility
  • Thursday – Fairness
  • Friday – Caring
  • Saturday and Sunday – Citizenship

 Monthly Calendar

Leatha Roland for North Middle School has created a monthly school calendar with a quote everyday, download it here.

 Character Pledge

If you like to read the CHARACTER COUNTS! Pledge over the PA system in the mornings here is a link to the pledge for download

Strategy

Rapid City CHARACTER COUNTS!® provides youth a framework for ethical living based on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character®:

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 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 • Preserve: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices.


FAIRNESS: Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to other • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly.


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.

Simply put, CHARACTER COUNTS! helps kids make better choices, making everyone’s life better.

Impact

"The results have been outstanding. We've realized a 60% reduction in behavior incidents on living units and a 47% reduction in negative behavioral incidents in our academic setting. Additionally, our human resource director reports staff retention is the highest it has been in 15 years!"
Carrie Oakey, Educator
Stevens High School, Rapid City, SD

Who Makes this Happen

Rapid City CHARACTER COUNTS! invites involvement on several different levels. We greatly appreciate the volunteers and partners who provide an example for the next generation by participating in CHARACTER COUNTS! If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a partner, contact Wes Brown, Program Director for more information.

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