A new "Character Counts" 10 wise choices program was started to recognize the positive behavioral choices the majority of the students make each day. It is a program that focuses on "Get Caught Doing What's Right" and recognition comes from student peers and staff through a lottery and celebration luncheon.
THE TEN WISE CHOICES (Adapted for Elementary) (Project Wisdom, Inc. ) http://www.projectwisdom.com/
- Number One: Choose honesty.(honesty=integrity=wholeness and uprightness) I choose to be honest with myself and others. When I choose honesty, I make better and healthier choices. I choose to be honest about the mistakes I make, learn from them, and stand proud. I make the best choices I can each day.
- Number Two: Choose to do and be your personal best. I choose to do my very best each day. When I am willing to do my personal best, I win self-respect and self-esteem.
- Number Three: Choose a positive attitude. I choose a positive attitude, seeing what's good, right and wonderful in others and myself. I learn to laugh at myself.
- Number Four: Choose self-responsibility. I choose to take responsibility for what I think, what I say, what I do and the choices I make. I take responsibility for achieving my goals, for my own happiness, and for raising my self-esteem.
- Number Five: Choose quality over quantity. I choose quality of life over quantity of things like money and possessions. I know that success is much more than making money.
- Number Six: Choose to live by the Golden Rule. I choose to treat others as I would wish to be treated in the same situation. I choose to be honorable and respectful of others and myself.
- Number Seven: Choose to see the beauty in diversity. I choose to be understanding of those who are different from me because of their race, religion, gender, age, or the classes they take at school.
- Number Eight: Choose a gratitude attitude. I choose to be grateful for my blessings: food, shelter, clothing, my health, education, country, family and friends. I am grateful to be alive.
- Number Nine: Choose to serve. I choose to be a helpful part of the world around me by looking for ways to help my family, friends, school, and community.
- Number Ten: Choose to know my vision. I choose to talk to my parents, teachers, or faith leader about my personal rules for living, about who I want to be in the world, and about my goals for becoming that person.