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Fourth Grade Students Learn that Character Counts

Students enrolled in the Project Launch Newton program at the Merriam Avenue School receive character education through the Character Counts! curriculum. The Character Counts! approach to character education includes everyone. The program is based on six ethical values without regard to cultural, religious or political bias. The six values - or pillars - are color-coded within the educational materials and the first letter of each values creates the acronym "terrific," making it easier for children to remember.

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Trustworthiness

Be honest • Don't deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you'll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country.

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others.

Fairness

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don't take advantage of others • Don't blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly.

Caring

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need.

Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer.

For more information about the character education curriculum at Project Launch Newton, call 973-940-3500, or email pln@projectselfsufficiency.org.

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This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

To Contact Project Launch Newton, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or email pln@projectselfsufficiency.org.
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