Kari Fruechte, CHARACTER COUNTS! coordinator for SDSU Cooperative Extension, said many schools and communities in South Dakota will plan special events as reminders of the importance of striving to be a person of character.
First declared "National CC! Week" in 1993 by the president and both houses of Congress, the third week in October has been set aside as a time to highlight character education and the importance of modeling good character. Rallies, parades, community forums, school assemblies and art and essay contests celebrate the work done throughout the year by organizations, schools and communities. Nationally supported by the Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles, the CC! Coalition sponsors many activities and resources that can be accessed year round.
Gov. Mike Rounds has
declared Oct. 16-22 as
South Dakota CHARACTER COUNTS! Week as well, Fruechte said. In South Dakota the CHARACTER COUNTS! project operates through the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service with support through the South Dakota 4-H Foundation and many local donors. Since 1997 the project has continued to gain momentum, spreading the CC! message to nearly 70 percent of the state's schools.
"While CHARACTER COUNTS! Week is a great time to celebrate good character, it is important to work on building character 365 days of the year," Fruechte said. "Each of us is challenged to improve on the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, in our own lives."
To learn more about CHARACTER COUNTS! online, visit http://www.charactercounts.org/ or http:// 4h.sdstate.edu/character.