Character Counts

Trustworthiness

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing 

• Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language 

• Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined 

• Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes 

• Set a good example for others

Fairness

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others 

• Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote 

• Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer


COLOR SCHEME

Trustworthiness : blue
Think "true blue"
Respect : yellow/gold
Think The Golden Rule
Responsibility : green
Think being responsible for a garden or finances; 
or as in being solid and reliable like an oak
Fairness : orange
Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to 
share fairly with friends
Caring : red
Think of a heart
Citizenship : purple

Think regal purple as representing the state
 


To find out more about Character Counts or to find great resources to use with your class 
or at home, visit https://charactercounts.org/


To find specific lessons about the 6 pillars of character, visit