Definition: CHARACTER is values and traits that guide behavior for an individual or group encompassing all age levels.
Community of Character: A community working together to build and promote positive attitudes based on character traits.
Philosophy: The philosophy of our effort is based on the concept that CHARACTER does make a difference. As caretakers of the community, every man, woman and child must promote high standards of personal and professional conduct. Behavior that is courteous, kind, lawful, moral and ethical
strengthens the community and enhances our ability to create a better quality of life. All citizens, young and old, need to commit to building a Community of Character.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the citizens, their families and the community as a whole by promoting values and character traits that guide positive behavior.
February Trait: Honesty: Fairness and truthfulness in word and action
► Review Definition.
► Discuss how honesty was recently demonstrated by classmates or family.
► Have students make a list of ways they can demonstrate honesty.
► Discuss recent situations in which it was a challenge to be honest.
► Tell a short story about how one “lie” can lead to another.
► Discuss the consequences of “small” lies.
► Make a list of “types” of academic dishonesty (ie: cheating on tests, changing a grade, plagiarism, forging a signature).
► Read books that are good examples of being honest (ie: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Aesop, Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi, A Big Fat Enormous Lie, Marjorie Weinman).
► Place “Community of Character” posters in employee break rooms, near time clocks, HR department and other employee gathering areas or customer areas.
► Emphasize character trait of the month by placing definitions on payroll checks, hold contests within your place of employment to encourage the trait of the month, discuss the program and/or trait at your staff meetings.
► Talk to employees/coworkers about how important honesty is and the consequences of dishonesty in the workplace.
► Lead by example and show your honesty and integrity.
► Remind your employees of all the forms of dishonesty: lying (calling in when not really sick), cheating (not clocking in correctly, taking long lunches), misleading others,
misrepresentation, doing personal business on company time, stealing (office supplies).
► Discuss honesty with your family. Use the calendar provided for discussion ideas and talk to your kids about what it means to be honest.
► Demonstrate that you value honesty and reward honest efforts with school work even if it doesn’t produce “A” work.
► Lead by example.
► Consider hypothetical choices: What would you do if…? Help your child make good, honest decisions.
► Select an article from a newspaper or magazine and analyze it for honesty.
For more information about our “Community of Character” program, please contact Community of Character, 13 E Main Street, Peru, IN, 46970.