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Values Matter


RESPONSIBILITY: Thinking before you act and being accountable for your actions, paying attention to others, and responding to their needs. Responsibility emphasizes our positive obligations to care for each other.


CITIZENSHIP: Helping create a society based upon democratic values including rules of law, equality of opportunity, due process, reasoned argument, representative government, checks and balances, rights and responsibilities and democratic decision-making.


FAIRNESS: Treating people impartially not playing favorites, being open-minded, and maintaining an objective attitude towards those whose actions and ideas are different from our own.


PURSUIT of EXCELLENCE Doing your best with the talents you have, striving toward a goal and not giving up.


KINDNESS: Being sympathetic, helpful, compassionate, benevolent, agreeable and gentle toward people and other living things.


COOPERATION: Working together toward goals as basic as human survival in an increasingly interdependent world.


HONESTY: Dealing truthfully with people, being sincere, not deceiving them or stealing from them, not cheating or lying.


INTEGRITY: Standing up for your beliefs about what is right and what is wrong and resisting social pressure to do wrong.