Presidential Proclamation Kicks Off CHARACTER COUNTS! Week

Last month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution #569, declaring the week of October 21-27,2012 to be National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. On Friday, October 19, President Barack Obama did the same, issuing a Presidential Proclamation in support of CC! Week 2012.

The President’s proclamation states:

“As parents, teachers, mentors, and neighbors, it is up to all of us to empower our children with a sense of excellence in everything they do … To ensure that each and every American has the chance to fulfill their promise, we must also teach our children to practice kindness and respect.

Many students across our country have experienced bullying and harassment at school, online, or in their communities, eroding their ability to thrive and feel that they belong. This week, let us reaffirm our responsibility to make our schools and communities safe places that nurture not only our students’ talents and intelligence, but also their sense of empathy and regard for one another.

Now therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 21 through October 27, 2012, as National Character Counts Week. I call upon public officials, educators, parents, students, and all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.”

If you have not yet registered for CHARACTER COUNTS! Week, don’t worry, you still can here. Everyone who registers will be entered in a drawing to win $200 to spend in our online store! For great ideas on how to celebrate character this week and beyond, check out our recent blog posts from Lauren Gentry and Barbara Gruener.

Happy CHARACTER COUNTS! Week, everyone!