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Character Counts


Las Animas Elementary uses Character Counts!, a character education framework that is used nation-wide. Good character is necessary to successfully and honorably meet life’s challenges. The Character Counts! approach to character education doesn’t exclude anyone. That’s why the programs and materials are based on the six ethical values that everyone can agree on – values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Each month, Las Animas staff and students focus on one of six pillars of character.


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

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Be diligent • Persevere • Do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act • Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes • Set a good example for others • Choose a positive attitude • Make healthy choices

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

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Show Empathy • Express gratitude • Forgive others and show mercy • Help people in need • Be charitable and altruistic

Be honest in communications and actions • 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 • Keep your promises

Treat others with respect and 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

The Character Counts Pledge

I pledge to be a kid of Character.

I will be worthy of trust.

I will be respectful and responsible, doing what I must.

I will act with fairness.

I will show that I care.

I will be a good citizen and always do my share.

Promesa del carácter cuenta

Prometo ser un niño de carácter.

Seré digno de confianza.

Seré respetuoso y responsable, haciendo lo que debo.

Siempre seré justo.

Mostraré compasión.

Seré un buen ciudadano y siempre haré mi parte.