Character Counts!

children holding signs that say the six pillars of character.

Children learn about the six pillars of character — caring, citizenship, responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, and fairness.

It’s not surprising to hear, “Character is what I need to get a job,” or “I give back to the community through citizenship,” from kids who have participated in the Virginia 4-H Character Counts! program.

Last summer, Virginia Cooperative Extension in the city of Suffolk partnered with the Suffolk Department of Parks and Recreation to provide character education through its Summer Enrichment Series.

The Virginia 4-H Character Counts! program, developed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, teaches trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship as the six pillars of character. Age-appropriate games, role-playing, discussion, reflection, and real-life examples make these character values understandable to the participants.

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