Character education is learning about character traits and how they are linked to good behavior. It is learning how to make good decisions. It is learning that an individual can be in control of choices concerning his own behavior and that such control is worthy of praise and respect.
Below are the character traits that will be focused on in the Lee County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.
August/September: Respect - Showing high regard for authority, for other people, for self, for property, and for country. Understanding that all people have value as human beings.
October: Responsibility - Being dependable in carrying out obligations and duties. Showing reliability and consistency in words and conduct. Being accountable for your own actions. Being committed to active involvement.
November: Cooperation - Working together, listening to each other, sharing and compromising. Always talk things out nicely to solve a disagreement.
December: Kindness - Being considerate, courteous, helpful, and understanding of others. Showing care, compassion, friendship, and generosity. Treating others as you would like to be treated.
January: Good Judgment - Choosing worthy goals and setting proper priorities. Thinking through the consequences of your actions. Basing decisions on practical wisdom and good sense.
February: Courage - Having the determination to do the right thing even when others don't; the strength to follow your conscience rather than the crowd. Attempting difficult things that are worth-wild.
March: Integrity - Having the inner strength to be truthful, trustworthy, and honest in all things. Acting justly and honorably.
April: Self Discipline - Demonstrating hard work and commitment to purpose. Regulating yourself for improvement and refraining from inappropriate behaviors. Being in proper control of your words, actions, impulses, and desires. Doing your best in all situations.
May: Perseverance - Being persistent in pursuit of worthy objectives in spite of difficulty, opposition, or discouragement. Exhibiting patience and having the fortitude to try again when confronted with delays, mistakes, or failures.