CHARACTER PILLARS AND ATTRIBUTES
Students in grades K-5 are involved in weekly character education lessons. The character education lessons are based on the “Character Counts” Six Pillars of Character. The Six Pillars of Character focus on the themes of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. It is our hope that the Six Pillars of Character language, traits, and values will become a natural part of the school’s culture and climate and will be interwoven throughout every classroom and every aspect of the learning experience in Hanover Township.
Character Pillars and Attributes
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
Respect: October & November
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly
Caring: December & January
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer
COLOR SCHEMETrustworthiness : blue
Think "true blue"
Respect : yellow/gold
Think the Golden Rule
Responsibility : green
Think being responsible for a garden or finances; or as in being solid and reliable like an oak
Fairness : orange
Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends
Caring : red
Think of a heart
Citizenship : purple
Think regal purple as representing the state
Reading books with children can be a great way to facilitate discussion and help them become more self-aware, express their feelings, and explore possible coping skills or solutions.