CCD celebrates National Character Counts Week, Oct. 14-21

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October 15, 2007

The Center for Character Development (CCD) at Anderson University, the City of Anderson and Anderson Community Schools will celebrate National Character Counts! Week with community events and school programs between October 14-21, 2007. Under the theme “Celebrating the Character of Madison County,” the week’s festivities will focus on the people, places and images that make Anderson and Madison County such a unique and special place.

Since Anderson’s inception as a Character Counts (CC!) Community in 1998, community leaders have continued to embrace the CC! initiative as an effective tool to teach character education throughout area schools and businesses.

“Character education has had a profound impact on our city,” said Kevin Smith, mayor for the City of Anderson. “As Anderson’s economy continues to grow, it is essential that we equip our leaders of tomorrow with a strong foundation of character.”

As the City of Anderson approaches its tenth anniversary of being a CC! Community in 2008, Don Peslis, director of The Center for Character Development at AU, hopes that all community residents become engaged in the week-long activities.

“We want to encourage all Madison County citizens to become involved in National CC! Week” said Peslis. “Instilling good character into our youth requires all community residents to take action. It’s up to all of us, on a daily basis to make Character really Count in Anderson and greater Madison County.”

During the 2007 National CC! Week, the following events will be held in Anderson:

“Just Say No To Drugs” Rally at Reardon Auditorium
Monday, October 15 in Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University

The event sponsored by Anderson Community Schools,” Just Say No To Drugs” Program and CC! of Madison County, will feature a special night of fun and positive choices as students gather from Madison County elementary schools and together, “Just Say No To Drugs”.

“OPERATION: Character”
Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Wigwam in Anderson

Madison County elementary students are invited to attend this celebration with special appearances by Anderson’s own Sandi Patty, National Comedian and Educator Dr. Mike Thomson, and Indianapolis Colts’ tight end Ben Utecht. These special guests will speak on the importance of the “Power of Productive Choices,” in making your Character Count!

“Pillar Friday”:
Friday, October 19

Join over 4 million students from around the U.S. by wearing your CC! pillar colors (being blue, yellow, green, red, orange and violet) on Friday, October 19. Community residents are invited to show their support of character education by wearing the colors that represent the CC! six character pillars. A photo of all Anderson High School students wearing Six Pillar colors will be captured at the high school football field.

Next to reading, writing and arithmetic, a person’s character is probably the most important thing schools and teachers are trying to teach their students,” said Interim ACS Superintendent, Mikella Lowe. “We hope to have students that are life-long learners and good community citizens.”

Founded in 1993 by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, the purpose of the CC! Coalition is to fortify the lives of America’s young people with consensus ethical values called the “Six Pillars of Character.” These values, which transcend divisions of race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Formed in 2000, the mission of The Center for Character Development at Anderson University is to recognize, enhance, teach and sustain positive qualities in the lives of persons in order to promote civility through character development. The intent of this initiative, now a part of the School of Education at AU, is to foster greater understanding and cooperation among individuals and organizations and help develop a positive environment to address issues that will shape the future.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.