Character Counts is sponsored annually by Igor and Suzanne Nastaskin since 2005, with more than $25,000 in contributions to date.
Character Counts gives students a framework on which to base their behavioral choices. It clearly delineates the way a "person of character" acts and behaves. Character Counts consists of six Pillars of Character. Each pillar is linked to a color and uses descriptors to outline how a person should act. This is not a curriculum and there are no prescribed lessons, rather teachers lead discussions about how a “person of character” behaves. This content is embedded in daily lessons and classroom management. In classrooms, teachers might call attention to a specific pillar when students are examining a literary work, an event in history, or during a conflict resolution lesson.
Below is a listing of all the Pillars of Character, their colors and descriptors.
- Treat others with respect.
- Be tolerant of different.
- Use manners.
- Be considerate of other’s feelings.
- Don’t threaten or hurt anyone.
- Deal peacefully with anger.
- Be kind.
- Be compassinate and show you care.
- Say thanks.
- Forgive others.
- Help people in need.
TRUSTWORTHINESS (royal blue)
- Be honest.
- Don’t lie, cheat, or steal.
- Be reliable -- do what you say you’ll do.
- Have the courage to do the right thing.
- Be loyal -- stand by your family.
- Play by the rules.
- Take turns and share.
- Be open minded, listen to others.
- Don’t take advantage of others.
- Don’t blame others.
- Do what you are supposed to do.
- Persevere: keep on trying!
- Always do your best.
- Use self-control.
- Think before you act.
- Be accountable for your choices.
- Do your share to make your school and community better.
- Be a good neighbor.
- Obey laws and rules.
- Respect authority.
Riviera Wear has been designed to support the Character Counts program. Each grade level stands for a pillar and their t-shirt color matches that pillar. They are as follows: Kindergarten – orange – Fairness, First grade – red – Caring, Second grade – yellow – Respect, Third grade – purple – citizenship, Fourth grade – green – Responsibility, Fifth grade – blue – Trustworthiness. We ask students to wear these shirts on Monday morning at flag ceremony. If you are unable to purchase a t-shirt, any shirt in the color of your child’s grade level would be appropriate.