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Student Letters

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Student writes about character education

Dear Editor,

At Kenai Middle School, we believe character counts. Character Counts is a program used to promote the idea of good character. It is practiced in communities throughout the nation, including many schools that have gone through tragedies.

It is not only used in schools, but in other community agencies such as fire and police departments. In the Character Counts program, there are six traits a person of character should have. They are dubbed the six pillars:

Respect

Responsibility

Trustworthiness

Caring

Fairness

Citizenship

The program is being carried out in a number of ways. You might have noticed the school has posted the six pillars in the front windows, as well as in every classroom. We are emphasizing one pillar each month.

For September, it was respect. Teachers watched for students who showed respect, and they rewarded them with character cards. Each Thursday students can cash in their cards for candy. They also are eligible to put their names in a drawing for a pizza at lunch the next day.

"WAK" is the new leadership class. At the beginning of the year, we came up with a name we felt was appropriate for what we are doing. We decided on Welcoming All Kids, or WAK. We then designed T-shirts that say, "We Are LEADERS: Learners, Enthusiastic, Awesome, Dazzling, Ethical, Responsible Students."

WAK started out the year with sixth-grade orientation. This was to welcome students and introduce them to the school and the program. Since then, each WAK leader has worked with a group of sixth-grade students and a mentor.

We will be teaching them about character twice each month. This month, we started teaching kids about what character is and why it is important.

Character does count at KMS. By promoting this program, we are hoping to make our school and community a better and safer place to be.

Siri Larson

Siri Larson is an eighth-grade student at Kenai Middle School.

Students want postcards, letters

Dear Editor:

Our fourth-grade class from Gifford Grade School is studying the United States. We would like your help.

We would like your readers to send us postcards or letters telling us about your state. Thanks for your help. Please send the information to: Fourth Grade USA Project, Gifford Grade School No. 188, P.O. Box 70, Gifford, IL 61847.

Sincerely,

Anna Louis Lutes



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