in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS)
prekindergarten to second grade programs spent the morning of April 9
participating in Character Counts! activities at Fort McCoy.
Jena Christopherson (foreground)
and School Age Services Lead Steph Preston teach youths about
respect during a Character Counts! training session. The
training helped support the Month of the Military Child and the
Army Family Covenant. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
Counts! is a nationwide initiative focused on teaching youths the
basics of good character. The six pillars of Character Counts! are
Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and
pillar the youths focused on April 9 was respect.
group started the morning with a discussion of what respect means with
School Age Services Lead Program Assistant Steph Preston.
they watched a Character Counts! video about respect featuring a group
of puppets who become entangled in problems that require them to
distinguish right from wrong. Complete with inspiring songs and humor,
these videos provide a fun way to engage the youths in thinking and
talking about the kind of people they want to be.
the video, the youths discussed the Golden Rule and talked about
treating others the way they wanted to be treated. To wrap up the
morning, they made rainbows with a large gold coin with the Golden
Rule on it in the pot of gold.
Theodore Roosevelt once said "To educate a person in mind and not
in morals is to educate a menace to society."
Character Counts! program teaches youths all the information and
skills they need to go out into the world and reach for their dreams
to make the world a better place for everyone. The program teaches
youths about the values and ethics society finds important, not just
the skills to help them get ahead in the world.
the 2009 Fort McCoy Summer Camp, which will begin in June, the School
Age Services kindergarten through second grade youth will invite the
prekindergarten children from the Child Development Center to come to
more Character Counts! days to learn about the other pillars of
in the Fort McCoy community interested in learning more about
Character Counts! can find information online at http://www.CharacterCounts.org.
the Fort McCoy community, they also can contact the Fort McCoy School
Age Services program at 608 388-4373 for more information.
by Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services program.)