(now closed) World Wide Character Counts Week – GIVEAWAY

04 Oct

2012 World Wide Character Counts Week: October 21-27.

Did you know: In 1992 Six Pillars of Character were identified by an esteemed group of leading ethicists, educators and youth service professionals. These “universal core values” transcend religious, political and socioeconomic differences. The Six Pillars of Character are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

The seed of World Wide Character Counts Week: On October 19 2009 Senator Chris Dodd stood before the senate and said: “We know that in order to face our challenges as communities and as a Nation, we need our children to be both well‐educated and trained‐‐and that begins with instilling character in our children.” Senator Dodd continued: “Character education programs work. Currently, there are character education programs across all 50 States in rural, urban and suburban areas at every grade level. Schools across the country that have adopted strong character education programs report better student performance, fewer discipline problems, and increased student involvement within the community.” 

We would like to hear how your character education program works in your classroom or school.

WIN Character BragTags™ for your classroom:

1. Follow our blog (upper right hand side of page – you must click the confirmation email you receive)

2. Comment here: What do you do for character education during “character counts” week, or throughout the school year?

THREE winners will receive 35 Character Counts BragTags™ and 35 neck chains FREE! We have MANY to choose, or design your own character counts tag.

Giveaway Oct 4 – Oct 8.

Winners will be announced Oct 9.

Good Luck! : )


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41 responses to “(now closed) World Wide Character Counts Week – GIVEAWAY

  1. Amelia Cook

    October 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    We work on character everyday with the leader in me program. We strive to catch students and even students catching and complimenting other students showing great character and leader qualities. I have seven habits slips I hand out to kids thought the week when I catch them showing great character and leadership qualities. I even give slips to a few kids throughout the week to catch their peers showing good leadership and character qualities as well. The kids love the bucket filling feeling from their friends and it motivates those who are handing them out to do the right thing too!

  2. Julie Wiersma

    October 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    We work on character by every week choosing a new character trait to study and then catch the kids following that trait with a small reward.

  3. Jennifer

    October 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    We don’t have a character week since our school follows the Great Expectations teaching/training model. As part of Great Expectations we recite and live these “Eight Expectations for Living” every day:

    • We will value one another as unique and special individuals.

    • We will not laugh at or make fun of a person’s mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns.

    • We will use good manners, saying “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” and allow others to go first.

    • We will cheer each other to success.

    • We will help one another whenever possible.

    • We will recognize every effort and applaud it.

    • We will encourage each other to do our best.

    • We will practice virtuous living, using the Life Principles.

    I can truly see children striving to live up to these expectations – allowing others to get in front of them in line, remembering to say thank you to the custodians, cooks and librarians, cheering for others who do well and encouraging and helping each other. Often, I can just ask “What’s expectation #2?” for example, and a child will self-correct their own behavior if its not in alignment with the expectation. It also helps the whole school have a common language so that we are all on the same page behavior-wise.

  4. Kelly Beam Brown

    October 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    We work on character throughout the year. We highlight one of the character traits each month and read books and complete activities to help the students know the character traits. We encourage students to follow/show they know the traits and take many opportunities to catch the kids doing the right thing!

  5. Briana Lunsford

    October 5, 2012 at 12:28 am

    We use a curriculum that integrates 60 different character traits throughout. We also choose to focus on one particular character trait each month for a more in depth study through stories of animals in nature, stories of people in history, games and craft activities, and real life application. Since we teach character every day at our school, we don’t celebrate a character week, however it would be fun to use brag tags as student rewards for expressing particular character, especially for ones they are personally working on improving. What a great giveaway!

  6. Veronica Porche

    October 5, 2012 at 1:14 am

    My school works on character traits all year. We focus on one trait a month. We read stories and do activities associated with the trait of the month. We try and catch students portraying the character trait and reward them throughout each month. At the end of each month each class votes on two people who have displayed the trait all month long. We invite these students and their parents to school for a breakfast to reward them.

  7. Jenny Mlodzik

    October 5, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Our school district teaches a different ethical principle every month. I would love to give these tags to my littles! 🙂

  8. Kim Worthey

    October 5, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Our school uses Character Counts. I talk about character everyday with my first graders. I would love to be able to “brag” anthem with a tag when I see them shine.

  9. Morgan W

    October 5, 2012 at 4:24 am

    We also use Character Counts. After each key concept, the students create a classroom book. This would be a great goodie for my students! Thanks!!!

  10. Colleen F

    October 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    RAK, random acts of kindness! Also recognize students every month and take pictures by the character tree!

  11. monica hiatt

    October 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

    We celebrate students who have character in many different ways. We have weekly star students, students of the month who demonstrate that months character trait, when we see a student doing something good we give out character cards. Every Tuesday we have a character store where students who have 3 or more character cards can come and shop for prizes.

  12. MJ

    October 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

    We have a school wide character word of the month. Each classroom picks 1 students who best exhibits that trait to be featured on a bulletin boar and all listed in the school newsletter. . All monthly “winners’ are placed into a drawing for a huge prize given at the end of the year.

  13. Laura Simons

    October 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

    My school works on character all year. Every week, we select a Proud panther from the classroom who displays great character and positive behavior. We are also a PBS school. In my classroom, we work on bucket filling.

  14. Joanne M.

    October 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Character Education is an ongoing curriculum and we are trying to put an ever greater emphasis on anti- bullying which goes hand in hand with good character. We try to have events that also build teamwork so the students know that we are all working together as a school community and that no one should ever feel alone / lonely. I also stress Random Acts of Kindness and Pay It Forward.

  15. Rhonda P.

    October 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Our whole school recites the Values Code pledge each morning:
    • Honesty: I will be an honest person.
    • Respect: I am respectful of others.
    • Responsibility: I take responsibility for what I am supposed to do.
    • Self-Control: I will control my actions and words.
    • Hard Work: I take pride in being a hard worker.
    • Self-Respect: I have self-respect.
    • Concern for Others: I will show concern for all other people.
    • Tolerance: I am tolerant of others.
    • Cooperation: I will cooperate with those around me.
    • Fairness: I show fairness to those with whom I come in contact.
    • Forgiveness: I can forgive those who do me wrong.
    • Courage: I will be brave in facing life’s challenges.
    • Self-Knowledge: I will pursue knowledge of myself.
    We also say what we call the “Today’s Pledge” which says:
    “Today, I will do more than I have to do. I will treat others as I want to be treated, and I will try to become a better person.”
    We also teach ProSocial Skills in the classroom on a daily basis to reinforce our Values Code.

  16. Pamela Gerald

    October 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I teach in a Catholic school. We recognize students who are “caught being Christlike” through random drawings of those nominated during each week.

  17. Susan Trinh

    October 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

    We work on a trait each week and read a story based in it. Then we act it out and at the end of the day we talk about how they demonstrated the trait.

  18. Dawn Keenan

    October 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    These would be amazing prizes for our “caught being good” students. Our theme is ready, responsible and respecful!

  19. Rhea Eggert

    October 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    In our school we have a monthly virtue we teach and practice with the students. We recognize two students from each class that exemplify the monthly virtue. We also have shining stars program. Through this school wide program students are recognized for displaying behavior that demonstrates our schools values of being good Christians, Learners, Citizens and Communicators.

  20. Katie Neustadter

    October 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I follow your blog!

  21. Katie Neustadter

    October 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Throughout the whole year we do bucket fillers. Compliments and saying nice comments to others are a big factor within my classroom. We have a classroom pledge that was introduced the first day of class involving respecting others, no bullying, and caring for others.

  22. Debby Guardino

    October 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Our school is doing a caught being good – students caught doing good things are given a ticket, They can win lunch with the principal, extra recess, photo on poster outside their classroom door. We also fill “Buckets”. Our school choose a character trait each month to highlight, Students who are chosen for displaying that character participate in a flag raising ceremony. Lots of great things going on at our school…proud to be on that committee.

  23. Tracey

    October 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I already follow your blog. My email is I am using bucket filling this year but I’m using it as a compliment jar. We read the bucket filling slips once a week. I also give groups warm fuzzies.

  24. Diane Keller

    October 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I teach Kindergarten and Character Education is a YEAR LONG endeavor – not just a week! We start the year by reading the Have You Filled a Bucket book and we continue to talk throughout the year about bucket filling. I have a wide variety of character education books and I read one a week and have a monthly theme. The school’s psychologist joins us in the classroom once a week for social skills and she will incorporate whatever my “theme” is with what she does so that the children are receiving a consistent message. In addition to the reading and discussions, we do a lot of role playing. Young children LOVE dramatic play and this really helps to cement the ideas I am teaching. Equally important is for me, the para in our room, and every other adult in the school, to set a positive example and to demonstrate on a daily basis how to be a bucket filler, show respect and kindness, and use manners.

  25. Tiffany Hone

    October 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Our school focuses on a character trait each month, and we have videos and other fun things that we show each Friday to encourage it. In class, we also focus on the trait, and talk about what those traits look like through our actions. We celebrate when we see each other exemplifying those traits, and these brag tags would help so much!

  26. Jana Prowell

    October 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I follow your blog!
    We discuss character all year in class. We have a good citizen every 6 weeks for each class.
    Maybe this could get our district to do a little more…;)

  27. Peggy Paulson

    October 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I work on character everyday. My studetns have time every morning to do bucket filling. We also read the 7 Habits of Happy Kids!

  28. Lori

    October 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve been a follower of your blog. In my classroom we use Bucket Fillers everyday! We also have a Student of the Week where an exemplary student is chosen and gets to share things about their life with our class 🙂

  29. thepolkadotowl

    October 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve been a follower of your blog. In my classroom we use Bucket Fillers everyday! We also have a Student of the Week where an exemplary student is chosen and gets to share things about their life with us 🙂

  30. Lorena Reimann

    October 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    We have a class promise and we work on trying to better ourselves to help our classroom and school.

  31. Tonya Coats

    October 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    During this week, I always read, ” Have you Filled a Bucket Today”, by Carol McCloud. This picture book encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis. We then practice becoming a bucket fillers throughout the school year.

  32. Holly Thorwarth

    October 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    We really work on the fact that Character is what you do when no one else is around. This is especially true when working with 7th and 8th graders.

  33. April Bishop

    October 8, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Every month we work on a different one of the 8 great traits. I have students be detectives searching for the trait on the playground and in class so they can get me to sign a ticket to present to the person they saw. 3 tickets earn a prize. I also love teh Have you Filled aBucket Today book and have students write compliments to each other.

  34. Gina Nicholls

    October 8, 2012 at 1:31 am

    There are so many ways in which I teach character education daily in first grade. Our school teaches the pillars of character, we catch our student being good and reward them. This year, the brag tags I am using have made a world of difference! My students work so hard to earn their tags!!

  35. Laura

    October 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I teach fourth grade at a small private school, and my fourth graders are the highest grade level in the school. We always talk about how we can be a better person and help others. We do mny community service projects and even just picking up garbage around our school helps our school community. We often will participate with other classes like the prek and help them learn and grow. We are a Catholic school so my students always feel that God is showing them the way to be a better person. I only have 7 students but my students DESERVE these so much because they are kind, compassionate, and hard working. If I win, I will split them with the school as well and share the love in other classrooms.. thank you for this opportunity for winning something that is not in the budget! You have a wonderful product!

    • Laura

      October 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

      We also have a warm fuzzy jar for when the students are shaping great character… and I forgot to mention in my post that we have a different Mother Teresa Value each month that the students need to follow such as responsibility, respect, service, love, empathy, faith, forgiveness, etc. 🙂

  36. Connie Alves

    October 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

    We discuss good character traits once a week. We have a schoolwide anti-bullying program. And we also have Character Building books in our school leveled reader bookroom. These books are entered in a database for all teachers to utilize during reading instruction

  37. Kris S.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    We have monthly character traits that we focus on. We also “catch kids being good” by handing out coupons for positive behavior. My class also does quite a bit with the “Bucket Filler” books.

  38. Lori VanHove

    October 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

    We say our school pledge every morning, we are kind, wear a positive attitude, are responsible, have respect, and stay safe. In my classroom we are a “family” of learners and we watch out for each other like family.


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