The school climate has been transformed

Character Counts

“The school climate at Hamlin Park has been transformed because of the BPSD/CITRS/CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative. We grew from a school on the verge of being shut down to a school in good standing; a school operating in fear to a school operating on positivity and hope; and a climate of compassion, caring, respect, and responsibility that is embraced school-wide by teachers, staff, students, and all who enter. Hamlin Park is now a school to be proud of, a school that is helping to embrace students of character! None of this would have been possible without the CC! program – thank you, CHARACTER COUNTS!”

-Lauren Hackett, Hamlin Park Academy (Buffalo, NY)

Insightful materials

I am a great fan of the CHARACTER COUNTS! online workshop and training programs. The insightful materials are professionally delivered and the concepts are easy to grasp and put into action. I found the two introductory sessions I attended motivating, engaging, and truly inspiring. Overall, they markedly exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend CHARACTER COUNTS! to educators looking to positively impact their school or youth organization by instilling strong values (and the habits to maintain them) into their students and faculty alike. My heartfelt thanks to the CHARACTER COUNTS! team at Drake University!”

-Bill Bahr, Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition (Bloomingdale, IL)

Demonstrating the Six Pillars of Character through their words and actions

“Our school has done an incredible job weaving the Six Pillars of Character into all aspects of the school’s culture, routine, and academics. Teachers use the Six Pillar traits, lessons, and CHARACTER COUNTS! app to create a common understanding and language to positively influence the climate of the building.

The students at West Hertel Academy proudly recite and pledge to be Kids of Character daily and, over the past three years, have internalized those words and now feel a sense of responsibility and commitment to demonstrating the Six Pillars of Character through their words and actions.”

– LaFraya Wilson, Assistant Principal, West Hertel Academy (Buffalo, NY)

Thousands of practical and relevant lessons, discussion topics, videos, and other resources for educators

“CHARACTER COUNTS! works for our students because it provides consistency, yet it is a system that allows us to go deeper each year as students age. It offers a nice balance between having consistent expectations but allows for us to use materials for any situation. Students know the character Pillars within their first week of school in kindergarten.  We continue to teach lessons, discuss, and demonstrate these character traits throughout their education while allowing for those discussions to become more complex as students develop.  CHARACTER COUNTS! has thousands of practical and relevant lessons, discussion topics, videos, and other resources for educators to use.  These resources are right at our fingertips and they are highly engaging for kids.  CHARACTER COUNTS! isn’t just something we do on the side.  It’s the center of everything we do!”

-Trevor Urich, Principal, Broadway Elementary (Denison, IA)

Remarkable difference in the culture of our building

“I have noticed a remarkable difference in the culture of our building since our implementation of CHARACTER COUNTS! at Harvey Austin 3 years ago.  Character development and the Six Pillars of Character really have begun to shape everything we do.  Not only is specific time built into our schedule every day to focus on character development, but it is integrated into every classroom and every hallway, all day, with the way we talk to each other, the way we treat each other, and the relationships that we build.”

– Cassandra Gasbarrini, Assistant Principal, Harvey Austin Elementary/Middle School (Buffalo, NY)

Amazingly great for our school culture

Character Counts

“Lewis Elementary School has recognized CHARACTER COUNTS! for many years. We create a full list of activities to promote the Six Pillars of Character with our team of teachers, students, and parents. Celebrating CC! Week has such a positive impact throughout our school and it is amazingly great for our school culture. Our students and staff have so much fun participating. We truly look forward to this week every year!”

-Allison Box, Principal, Lewis Elementary (Downey, CA)

An integral part of what we exemplify

Character Counts!

“CHARACTER COUNTS! is such an integral part of what we exemplify here at North Pike Elementary. We were excited to offer this specific training to several of our new facility members, so they could become more immersed in our CHARACTER COUNTS! overall program.

We are looking forward to sharing A Family’s Guide to Teaching Good Character at our winter Parent Night. Our faculty sees the difference we can make in a young child’s life by sharing the values of CHARACTER COUNTS! on a daily basis with each and every student entrusted to our care.”

-Winona Dykes, North Pike Elementary (Summit, MS)

We are proud to have CHARACTER COUNTS! products in our school

Character Counts

“CHARACTER COUNTS! gives my school the opportunity to promote character traits that will help our students become the best version of themselves. As a National School of Character, we have decided to utilize CHARACTER COUNTS! because their products such as the street signs and the character education posters provide constant reminders for our students of the character traits that we are working diligently to instill in our students through incorporating character education into all that we do. We are proud to have CHARACTER COUNTS! products in our school. They are aesthetically pleasing and are a great physical reminder of the traits that we want our students to be intrinsically motivated to exhibit.”

-Britney Maginn, School of Science and Technology (Alamo, TX)

CHARACTER COUNTS! is alive and well

Character Counts

“CHARACTER COUNTS! is alive and well in Downey and will continue to be incorporated into what we do on a daily basis across the district and community. This helps us fulfill the Downey Unified vision that reads: All students graduate with a 21st Century education that ensures they are college and career ready, globally competitive, and citizens of strong character.”

-Dr. Robert Jagielski, Downey Unified School District (Downey, CA)

Our disciplinary referrals have decreased

“The CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative has created a very positive environment at School #72. We are pleased with many aspects of the initiative. Our disciplinary referrals have decreased. Our students are happy. We have a common vocabulary that allows us, the staff, to have more productive conversations with our students. We are building stronger relationships with our students every day.”

– Sarah Vittoria, Assistant Principal, Lorraine Academy School 72 (Buffalo, NY)