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PIllars of Character

The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of

CHARACTER COUNTS! 

These values were identified by a nonpartisan, secular group of youth development experts in 1992 as core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences.

The Six Pillars of Character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. We recommend using the acronym “T.R.R.F.C.C.” (terrific).

Each of the Six Pillars of Character help instill a culture of kindness.

Each month focuses on a

different pillar of character.

How will you represent this month's pillar?

September - RESPONSIBILTY

October - TRUSTWORTINESS

November - CITIZENSHIP

December - CARING

January - FAIRNESS

February - RESPECT

March - RESPONSIBILITY

April - TRUSTWORTHINESS

May - CARING

June - FAIRNESS

July - CITIZENSHIP

August - RESPECT

  • Be honest. Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal.

  • Have integrity. Do what you say you’ll do.

  • Keep your promises.

  • Be loyal. Stand by your values.

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  • Follow the Golden Rule.

  • Be accepting of differences.

  • Be courteous to others.

  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.

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  • Do what you are supposed to do. 

  • Persevere. Keep on trying.

  • Be self-disciplined.

  • Think before you act. 

  • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes.

  • Play by the rules.

  • Take turns and share.

  • Be open-minded. Listen to others.

  • Don’t take advantage of others.

  • Be kind.

  • Be compassionate.

  • Express gratitude.

  • Forgive others.

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  • Do your share to make your home, school, and community better.

  • Cooperate.

  • Stay informed. Vote.

  • Be a good neighbor.

  • Make choices that protect the safety and rights of others.

  • Protect the environment.

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