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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 MAY is... CARING!

Show CARING by...

  • Be kind.

  • Be compassionate.

  • Express gratitude.

  • Forgive others.

  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.

Caring discussion starters...

  • What activities or images come to mind when you think about self-care?

  • How do you cope with stress?

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

"Teen of Character" Scholarship
Open to graduating seniors attending

Applications for the
Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award
are closed. They will reopen soon!

Jacki Carter Award

Congratulations to our
Character Counts
School Ambassadors for the 2023-34 school year!

School Staff Recognitions!

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

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.

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Character Counts!
Upcoming Events

Apr 9

QAC Commissioner's Meeting Update

Apr 18

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Apr 19

QAC Children's Council Christmas in April

Apr 25

CMS "Spring Thing"

May 16

QACHS Senior Awards Night

May 17

QAC Senior Summit at 4H Park

May 18

Kent Island Day Parade

May 22

KIHS Senior Awards Night

Want Us to Attend Your Event?

We are always looking for ways to connect with the community. If you are planning a community event and would like Character Counts of Queen Anne's County to join you, let us know.

We also love speaking to groups and would love to attend your next meeting and share the benefits of partnering with our initiative.

Reach out to Melinda Ray at for more information.

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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