Cole County Schools Get New Values
JEFFERSON CITY - Thousands of students in Missouri and Illinois learn values in their classrooms through a program called Characterplus.
Thursday night Cole County community members came together to vote on 12 values to be used in the curriculum in Cole County schools this next year.
Thomas Jefferson Middle Schooler Danielle Evans said, "Team work and citizenship would probably have to be my favorite."
While many community members have been voting online for the last month, tonight, they dropped pennies into bags creatively labeled with a value. As the last pennies fell, students in Cole County received a whole new set of values.
Characterplus co-chair Dan Westhues said, "We'll focus on a value a month, and the teachers will incorporate the value into their normal everyday curriculum."
The initiative started with 30 values.
Thursday night, citizens finished voting for 12 character values to focus on for the next year.
Characterplus Chair Gara Loskill spoke of how the values will be implemented in the Schools. She said, "We do it in various ways either through literature in the Curriculum or through class meetings or through a math assignment or a Social studies assignment and we build that into what we do on a daily basis."
At the end of the night all the votes were tallied. The he character values that will be used for the next 5 years in Cole County schools will be; respect, responsible, honesty, trustworthy, dependable, accountable, self-discipline, compassion, integrity, hard working, polite, and forgiving.
As early as next week, students will begin practicing the first value, responsible. Every month a new value will be featured throughout all Cole County schools.