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Character Counts


Character Counts!® Pledge

I pledge to be a Kid for Character. I will be worthy of trust. I will be respectful and responsible, doing what I must. I will always act with fairness. I will show that I care. I will be a good citizen, and always do my share.


"Intelligence is not enough.  Intelligence plus character---that is the true goal of education."  
---Martin Luther King, Jr.

Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship   

In June of 2008, Springhill School sent a team of eight (four parents and four staff members, including the principal) to San Francisco for three days where they were introduced to an impressive, character development framework used nationwide known as CHARACTER COUNTS!   It has an excellent track record primarily with schools, but also with sports organizations, businesses, nonprofit institutions, etc.  We are eager to share what we learned at this workshop with the Springhill community.  As parents, you will have opportunities to learn much more about how we might use CHARACTER COUNTS! as a framework for all that we do at Springhill.  Through school communications, parent ed presentations from our PFC and your own children, you will be kept apprised of this endeavor as the school year progresses.  CHARACTER COUNTS!  is based on the Six Pillars:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.   We are enthusiastic about every aspect of CHARACTER COUNTS! and have already introduced its components to the student body.  Because of the way in which the framework is designed and the flexibility with which it can be implemented, it can serve as an umbrella under which we will continue our PAY IT FORWARD program and our regular SPIRIT WEDNESDAY activities, and, perhaps, can create the opportunity for a number of additional activities.  You  will be receiving much more news about CHARACTER COUNTS! as the year unfolds, but you may also access the following website for more information:  Character Counts

Every week we will be including different aspects of our Pay It Forward theme for this year in the Friday Flyer as well as our weekly Spirit Wednesday.  Character development should be a major component in any well-rounded educational program and it has been for many years at Springhill.  Ask your children what their classes are doing for Pay It Forward.  Come to Spirit Wednesday, 8:30 AM every Wednesday morning in the main courtyard and find out how we promote character development at Springhill School.

Our Student Council conducts a number of fund raisers for both local and global issues during the school year.  Past recipients of Springhill's PAY IT FORWARD Program have included Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (an annual event); the National Brain Tumor Foundation (an annual event); the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society (an annual event); Change for Change/Trust in Education (an annual event benefitting our sister school and community in Lalander, Afghanistan); the Animal Rescue Foundation; the Red Cross; the New York Firefighters Association; Holbrook Elementary School, our sister school in Concord); Contra Costa County Food Bank (an annual event); Save the Bay; etc.

Springhill School has chosen to pay it forward by developing students with character that counts!

"To educate a person in the mind but not the morals is to educate a menace to society."  
---Theodore Roosevelt


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