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We all want kids to have good values—and strong character.  But good character doesn’t just happen.  At Hirsch, we believe that it is up to each of us to lay a solid foundation for character development by teaching children right from wrong and by acting as positive role models.

 

The purpose of the CHARACTER COUNTS is to fortify the lives of America’s young people with consensus ethical values called the “Six Pillars of Character.” These values, which transcend divisions of race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

 

Helpful Definitions

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


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


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


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


CARING  - Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need


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

 

 


 

 

 

 
 
 

 The Six Pillars