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CHARACTER

 

COUNTS!

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The Six Pillars of Character

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trustworthiness
respect
responsibility
fairness
caring
citizenship


trustworthiness:

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.

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respect:

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule. Be tolerant 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.

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responsibility:

Do what you are supposed to do. 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 choices.

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fairness:

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.

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caring:

Be kind. Be compassionate and show you care. Express gratitude. Forgive others. Help people in need.

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citizenship:

Do your share to make your school and community better. Cooperate. Stay informed; vote. Be a good neighbor. Obey laws and rules. Respect authority. Protect the environment.

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CHARACTER COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character are service marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. www.charactercounts.org