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New program helps students develop positive character traits

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Bridgeport Elementary School establishes a new proactive method to help students build good character.
'Character Counts' is a program that teaches students about six pillars of character that it's important to demonstrate in everyday life.

The pillars are trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, respect, honesty, and caring.

Every month students have a new character word to focus on.  The word for October is respect.

At the end of each month, students who demonstrate that skill or character consistently are recognized at a school assembly.
"They love it and it's a program that keeps the language very simple, as well," says Principal Troy Malone.  "So they're constantly talking to their teachers about respect and responsible behavior so it's just kind of a daily reminder to really think about our actions and how they affect the others around us."
Principal Malone says the idea for the program comes from a similar program that was a big success at the school he formerly taught at in West Omaha.

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