From the Director’s Chair: July’s Pillar of the Month Is “Responsibility”

Happy Birthday, America! Congratulations on 238 years of life as a nation conceived with the ideals of liberty and justice for all.

Those ideals are captured in our Six Pillars of Character, and it’s fitting on this anniversary of our nation’s birth that we begin a renewed focus on the Six Pillars with a program that will highlight one Pillar each month. We hope that you and your school, school district or organization will share your activities as they relate to the “Pillar of the Month.”

In July we start with Responsibility. On Facebook and Twitter and in this blog we’ll feature posters, quotes and other helpful resources that emphasize this ethical value. With your contributions — please share ideas and comments below! — we’re hoping to build a library of resources and activity ideas for all to share and use.

Your submissions can be anything from photos of a class project or activity to something as creative as this “Responsibility Rap,” which Buckalope Elementary school posted on YouTube:

In starting our monthly theme program with Responsibility, we at the national office of CHARACTER COUNTS! are renewing a commitment to support you and your continued efforts to grow the program at your school and in your community. Our staff is here to help you in every way possible to create a school and community culture centered around the Six Pillars of Character.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your help. When I think about the thousands of schools using CC!, it boggles my mind how big this could be. I’m reminded of “Crazy Joe Clark,” the legendary school principal brilliantly played by Morgan Freeman in the classic movie Lean on Me:

We all share a responsibility to create better schools and better kids, which produce a better society. We’re eager to see what you share with us each month and look forward to building the best database of character education activities, lesson plans, projects and celebrations to be found anywhere.

In August, the theme will be Respect. Each month going forward, a new Pillar will be the focus on our website, emails, social media and Twitter’s “CharacterEd” chat. Please join us by sharing relevant photos, blogs, lesson plans and project notes — anything that relates to the Pillar of the Month.

These combined resources will grow daily and we’ll make them available to our members, supporters and partners to use to help their school and community be a better place. Let’s do all we can to achieve our collective goal of helping young people become better adults.