|Beginning with the
2002-2003 school year, the Lafayette
County C-1 School District introduced the concept of character education as a
district wide initiative for students and faculty. The inspiration for this
program came from a program called CHARACTERplus.
Started in 1988 by a group of parents, educators, and business leaders,
CHARACTERplus addresses the deterioration of basic values among school age
individuals through partnerships between parents, schools, and the community.
Over four-hundred schools, nationwide, are involved in this program. The eight traits were chosen by the community, and defined by the Character Education Committee. The committee was chosen by the principal from each building. From September through April, the traits of the month are respect, responsibility, citizenship, compassion, self-esteem, tolerance, integrity, and accountability. The program is funded through a district-wide grant.
|September||Respect, showing consideration for self, others and property|
|October||Responsibility, being dependable and doing your part|
|November||Citizenship, showing character and conduct that is a credit to self, school and community|
|December||Compassion, understanding and caring for the feelings of others|
|January||Self-esteem, believing in yourself and your abilities|
|February||Tolerance, being non-judgmental of the uniqueness of others|
|March||Integrity, being honest, trustworthy and standing up for what is right|
|April||Accountability, taking ownership of your actions and behaviors|
Character Education School Activities:
The three schools in our district, Grandview Elementary, and Lafayette County C-1 Middle School and High School, have been doing activities to get the students more involved with the program. There are various activities throughout the different schools.
|Grandview Elementary||Middle School||High School|
|First Mate||Patriot Day on September 11, 2002 to commemorate 9/11/01||Blood Drive|
|Character in Action Club||Peer helpers were trained and introduced to students and staff||Assemblies|
|Daily Greeting/Pledge||Linda Niendick, Lafayette County Clerk, spoke to students about voting and registration importance||Symbols of Awareness|
|Display of Student work||Student played the Taps over the intercom for a moment of silence on Veteran's Day||The "YOU CAN SCHOOL PROGRAM"|
|Car-rider Mirror Tags||Students registered and voted on school uniforms and fast food in the cafeteria||Display of traits on school sign|
|Grade Level Features in the Higginsville Advance and Newsletter||If the students did one hour of Community Service in December, a candle certificate was displayed on their locker||National Guard presentations|
|Project Duffle Bags- Students brought in duffel bags full of personal items to give to the Lafayette County Division of Family Services||Donations for troops overseas|
Develop district-wide character education policy
Identify and define positive character traits
Develop an integrated character education curriculum
Provide hands on opportunities for our children
Stress and enhance student leadership
Provide positive adult role models
Evaluate the program
|Elementary||Middle School||High School||District Personnel|
|Ginger Cochran||Gary Wheeler||Joe Mintner||David Lawrence|
|Brenda Frolin||Pat Beale||Darrell Jeffries||Janet Jones|
|Deb Jones||Rhonda Boedeker||Lucinda Cole|
|Susan Kilmer||Barb Copenhaver||Brandi Barnes|
|Annette Snapp||Paulette Augustine|
Develop a support system and networking opportunities for the students, staff and community.
Provide opportunities for all
students, staff and community members to
become involved in the program.
Expand program to include other student groups, programs and organizations.
Stress the importance of doing what is right to all students, staff and community.