Northwest Students Get in Character

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“Character Counts” was the theme at Northwest Elementary School during the week of Oct. 16-20, with different activities that focused on the six pillars of character.

During Spirit Week, each day focused on a different character trait and students were asked to wear the color associated with that trait, such as red for caring and yellow for respect. The goal was to create unity among students in the school and show that they share the same values. 

Each class created its own friendship flower in art class with teacher Lydia Robinson. Students decorated petals with colorful drawings and positive messages. Ms. Robinson read students “The Little Bully” by Beth Bracken to teach them about the value of friendship and treating others kindly.

Librarian Christine Bloom read books relating to each of the six pillars of character such as “Pigsty” by Mark Teague, which taught students about personal responsibility. She also had them complete related assignments like when students had to identify ways they could be responsible at home, at school and on the bus.

In physical education classes, children learned about good sportsmanship, and in music they sung an anti-bullying song. Social Worker Debra Lee, who organized Spirit Week, said the message was to teach children “to be a buddy not a bully.”