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Queen Anne's County
Character Counts!

All children and youth need caring, supportive adults in their lives in order to become responsible, productive citizens in their community. The Queen Anne's County Character Counts! initiative places community volunteers in classrooms to deliver lessons on the pillars of character to have the largest possible impact on the youth of Queen Anne's County.

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The pillar of the month for February is... RESPECT!

Show respect by...

  • Follow the Golden Rule.

  • Be accepting of differences.

  • Be courteous to others.

  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.

Respect discussion starters...

  • Why is it important to show respect?

  • How can we show respect for our community?

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

"Teen of Character" Scholarship
Open to graduating seniors attending

Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award
Open to youth, under 18,
with a project that will benefit QAC.

Discussion Starters

  • What is social responsibility and is it related to good citizenship?

  • How do you benefit from the good citizenship of others?

School Staff Recognitions!

Check out these amazing QACPS employees who are making a difference every day with our students!

Do you know a school staff member who routinely displays one, or more, of the six Pillars of Character? Let them, and all of us, know by nominating them for recognition.

Congratulations to our
Character Counts
School Ambassadors!


Character Counts! Commissioner's Spotlight

The Queen Anne’s County Branch of the NAACP, Chapter 7024, is committed to a world without racism. Where all citizens are respected, enjoy equitable opportunities, can live in thriving communities that are engaged, and have supportive policies and institutions for all people.

They envision an inclusive community rooted in liberation where all people can exercise their civil and human rights peacefully and without discrimination. They stand for being considerate and courteous of other citizens and their feelings, always using good manners, and being accepting of differences.

To accomplish their goals, the QAC NAACP works collaboratively and respectfully with schools, municipalities, local government, and the greater community within Queen Anne’s County, fostering respect through mediation and advocacy.

The Queen Anne’s County NAACP was nominated by Dorrine Fasset. She wrote, “Respect, one of the pillars of the Character Counts program, which seeks to transcend cultural, religious and socioeconomic differences is a shared ethical value between Character Counts and NAACP.”

As always, if you are aware of a business, non-profit, or individual in the county exemplifying one, or all, of the six pillars of character, be sure to nominate them for a future spotlight.

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Do you know a pillar of character? 

Become a Business of Character

Businesses are an important ally in our efforts to encourage and instill character in our schools and communities.​ Youth are the future workforce, after all!


To become a Business of Character, your business must:

  1. Serve by example - agree to be people of character by following and adhering to the Six Pillars of Character.

  2. Display, at your business, a poster and window decal, provided by Character Counts!

  3. Fulfill at least one of the Character Counts! commitments listed in our business packet.

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Exciting News for Queen Anne's County Residents! Introducing the QAC Free Laptop Program - your gateway to improved digital access and opportunities. We're thrilled to announce that eligible households can apply for a free Chromebook laptop! Partnering with the Community Partnerships for Children and Families (Local Management Board), the Queen Anne's County Library, and the Area Agency on Aging, this program aims to bridge the digital divide and promote digital equity. Don't miss this chance to stay connected and empowered. Apply now and take the first step towards a brighter digital future!

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