Character Counts


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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