Character Education

Temperance – Control is the key to improvement. Keep your words, actions, and temper in control. (April)
Silence – There is a time and place to speak up and a time to listen. You learn more by listening than speaking. (September)
Order – All things have their place. Keep your work area in order; keep your day in order. (October)
Resolution – Keep your word. When you have a task, get it done. Turn in your homework on time and be prepared. (January)
Frugality – Be frugal. Do not waste the school’s resources. Respect what you have been given. Reduce, reuse, recycle. (December)
Industry – Keep on task. There is a time for work and a time for play – do both with a good attitude. (April)
Sincerity – Be kind. Say kind words and treat others as you want to be treated. Encourage each other to succeed. (November)
Justice – Be respectful. Give everyone a chance to work or play. Give others a chance to express themselves. Share. Remember that others are counting on you, so live up to your duty. (September)
Moderation – Keep yourself in balance. Focus both on accomplishing things in which you excel and those you do not. Try new things. (May)
Cleanliness – Keep yourself and your work area clean. Keep your uniform clean. Keep your school clean. Keep your words clean. (October)
Tranquility – Keep yourself from reacting poorly to others. People are not perfect and the world is not fair. Learn to deal with both despite imperfections. Be patient. (March)
Purity – Be pure in thought and deed. White lies, a little gossip, and small, mean words are painful and say more about you than about others. What you think about others is how you will treat them. Develop good thoughts and feelings toward all. (February)
Humility – Be mindful of others before yourself. Treat them as you want to be treated. Think about how you can help others before being asked. Let others speak when it is their turn. (November)

Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin has been called America’s founding Renaissance Man.  He was exceptionally well-rounded and he excelled in many different fields of endeavor.  One of our goals is to develop children like him.  So who was Ben Franklin?

  • Statesman, politician and ambassador
  • Inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, and an odometer
  • Scientist that lead to discoveries in the field of electricity among others
  • Soldier in the American Revolutionary war
  • Civic activist
  • Author and founder of the library system
  • Printer
  • Musician
  • Founder of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Advocate for self-improvement through his 13 virtues
  • Signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
rachel's challenge
Rachel’s Challenge includes a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs and strategies called the Awaken the Learner Five-step School Improvement Process that equips students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

The elements of the school improvement process are designed to create a culture of kindness and compassion and to equip students and adults with resources to insure that their schools are safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement.
Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.
More than 21 million people have been touched by Rachel’s message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel’s Challenge. In one survey, 78% of students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In the last 3 years, Rachel’s Challenge has received nearly 500 unsolicited emails from students stating that after hearing Rachel’s story they reached out for help as they were contemplating suicide. Some even state that “Rachel saved their life.”
rachel-5-steps to awaken learner

Elementary School

The purpose of the elementary programs is to encourage elementary school students to live a life of purpose, do simple acts of kindness and create a KC (Kindness and Compassion) Club to make their school a better place. There are multiple resources for teachers to sustain the impact of Rachel’s stories in grades K-5 throughout the school year.

Middle School

Rachel’s Story for middle schools can include an assembly, student FOR Club training, an evening community event and a variety of optional support components. There is also an intensive smaller group training day Chain Reaction. These programs have components that can be combined in different combinations to meet the local needs.
The presentations include video and interaction with the Rachel’s Challenge certified presenter that challenges students to examine their own lives to make a positive impact on their school and community. The training session provides instruction on how to start the FOR Club and plan initial club activities that will sustain the impact of the assembly.