Bettering lives one student at a time

Bettering lives one Student at a time
By: Kayla Understock

    Mr. Redman, Counselor at Northwestern Area School, coordinated Character Counts with Red Ribbon week for students. Character Counts is a program that works toward improving the ethical quality of society by changing personal and organizational decision-making and behavior. Since 1995, this program has been officially recognized and endorsed in a National Proclamation by the U.S. Senate and The President of the United States. There are six pillars to this program; Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Character Counts is the world’s most widely used school climate and character development framework implemented in schools, youth, sports, and civic organizations. Based on the Four Wheels of Success: Academic, Social/Emotional, Character and School Climate it enhances academic achievement, social and emotional growth, and ethical and moral development.
    Red Ribbon Week is a United States education and prevention initiative, which raises awareness and prevention of drugs and alcohol along with the dangers associated with them. This program encourages student nationwide to make a pledge to live drug and alcohol free lives. The ultimate goal of this program is to have America be drug free. The Red Ribbon began in 1985 with the first National Red Ribbon Celebration being in 1988. Since its creation, it has touched the lives of millions of children and families all over the United States. Northwestern extended both of these wonderful programs to their students from October 23rd to October 31st. Each day, students got to dress up in designated themes, which the school believes helps the message stick with students better.
Tuesday, October 23 – Wear favorite Hat (Put a cap on Drugs)
We show we are trustworthy when we follow the laws and don’t use drugs.
Wednesday, October 24 – Wear Boots (stomp out Drugs)
We respect our bodies and minds by not using drugs.
Thursday, October 25 – Wear Sweats (Being Drug free is no sweat)
We are responsible when we stay away from drugs.
Friday, October 26 – Wear favorite team shirt or jersey (team up against drugs)
We show fairness when we encourage everyone to be drug free.
Monday, October 29 – Wear Red (Red Ribbon Spirit)
We care for others by supporting drug free habits.
Tuesday, October 30 – Wear Superhero outfit or shirt (Too super for drugs)
We show our good citizenship when we help our community stay drug free.
Wednesday, October 31 – Wear Halloween costume (Spook out the drugs) Character Counts Kick Off Assembly for K-5