Mayor proclaims "Character Counts! Week"

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Saying that the present and future well being of our society requires the involvement of a caring citizenry with good character, Borough Mayor Dale Bagley presented a proclamation to members of Ms. Jean Dixon's Kenai Middle School Leadership Class making October 19th25th "Character Counts! Week."

The proclamation sites six pillars of character adapted from the Aspen Declaration written in July 1992 by an eminent group of educators, youth leaders and ethics scholars for the purpose of articulating a coherent framework for character education appropriate to a diverse and pluralistic society. The Aspen Declaration states that, "effective education is based on core ethical values which form the foundation of democratic society, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship, and these six pillars of character transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences."

The Aspen Declaration further states that the character and conduct of our youth reflect the character and conduct of society; therefore, every adult has the responsibility to teach and model these core ethical values and that all social institutions has the responsibility to promote the development of good character. In declaring the week of October 19th-25th "Character Counts! Week" Mayor Bagley endorsed the "Six Pillars of Character" and urged all citizens, corporate and individuals of the Kenai Peninsula to model these traits in an ongoing commitment to promote character development and ethical behavior in the youth of our community.

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