Character Is Our Super Power!

By Barbara Gruener

Are you ready for a CHARACTER COUNTS! Week celebration fit for a super hero? I know we are! Have you picked a theme yet? Ours is Character Is Our Super Power, and it has us all revved up! What will weaving character into Red Ribbon Week and making it all about healthy choices look like at Westwood-Bales? I’m glad you asked!

We’ll start off a bit early on Friday, October 19, with a GRAND celebration to honor our third graders’ grandparents. It’s a much-anticipated annual event by young and old alike. Grandparents come to breakfast, then they’re treated to a musical performance as well as some talk time with their grandchildren in the classroom. So much synergy is created when we have a chance to honor our character role models and listen to and learn from their stories of days gone by.

On Saturday morning, we’ll meet as a community in our city park for a Red Ribbon Week Character Kick Off. Ambassadors from our elementary and junior high schools will perform for us and the Mayor of Friendswood and Superintendent of Schools will both address our families before we head out into town to plant our Drug-Free Zone signs.

On Monday, we’ll be dressed in Red, White and Blue to say I’m Voting For My Future Drug-Free. Our focus that day is being a good citizen by exercising our right to vote.

On Tuesday, we’re going to dress to match a friend with the slogan Friends Don’t Let Friends Do Drugs. We’ll make a list of friendship books available so that class families can talk about the qualities that they look for in a friend. Students could also make friendship bracelets or friendship kits.

Midway through the week, we’ll host our Hometown Heroes, students from Friendswood High School, who are coming to lead our character pep rally. Dressed in our new I Care, I Can super hero t-shirts, we’ll be spreading the word that Character Is Our Super Power. Athletes, Cheerleaders, Drill Team Dancers, PALs and members of the Pep Band will all join us to sign autographs, speak with the students and give out HERO (Help, Encourage & Respect Others) wristbands. We’ll also being signing our Character is our Super Power banner that day.

On Thursday, we’re dressing in our cowboy and cowgirl gear to let our community know that I’m Drug Free, Deep In The Heart of Texas. We’ll also be talking about and celebrating our Texas heritage and culture. We will also be hosting a Coffee Chat with the Counselors to share strategies with our parents and guardians to elevate empathy in their children.

On Pillar Friday, we’re going to make our favorite storybooks come to life because we’re Addicted To Learning, Not Drugs. We’ll host an early-afternoon Storybook Costume Parade. Our Administrative Team has selected Alice In Wonderland and I get to be the Queen of Hearts, the perfect role for a counselor, don’t you think?

To engage parents, why not send home a reflective inquiry, like this Character Worksheet: What is your child’s super power? Ask for their answers to come back during Character Counts! week and share them with the class during morning meeting or share time. Or host a Family Character Movie Night. Show old episodes of Leave It To Beaver or Andy Griffith. Invite families to bring blankets to spread out on the floor and serve popcorn.

What exciting ways will your school family celebrate National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week 2012?


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Check out more of Barbara Gruener’s work on her blog here.